Feb 2, 2021

Farmers protest: Twitter restores blocked Indian accounts

Twitter has restored dozens of Indian accounts that were earlier blocked in response to a legal notice by the government, citing objections based on public order. The accounts were all linked to continuing farmers' protests against a series of agricultural reform laws. Twitter reportedly blocked around 100 twitter accounts and around 150 tweets for using a controversial hashtag, and making "Fake, intimidatory and provocative tweets on January 30," Indian Express newspaper reported, quoting government sources. The timeline of these accounts were blanked out and a message read "Your account has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand." It is unclear what the legal demand mentions. A leader of farmer collective Kisan Ekta Morcha told BBC Hindi that the government had blocked many of the accounts associated with their team.

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