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Twitter Helps India Block Singer JazzyB and Three Other Accounts | India News


NEW DELHI: Twitter Inc. has blocked access to four accounts in India, including popular Punjabi singer JazzyB, following requests from the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On June 6, the Indian government requested restrictions on the accounts under the country’s controversial information technology laws, according to information disclosed by Twitter to Lumen, a Harvard University project that collects such data. The four Twitter users, whose accounts and tweets remain accessible outside the country, have voiced their support for Indian farmers organizing protests on the New Delhi borders for more than six months.
Social media giants Twitter and Facebook Inc. are embroiled in a growing conflict with the Modi administration. Tensions escalated last month when police officers visited Twitter facilities in New Delhi to deliver a notice about posts by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, a move labeled “intimidation tactics” by the US company. Later, a federal minister said the company was trying to “impose conditions on the world’s largest democracy” and “smear India.”
The South Asian nation sends the second-highest volume of Twitter block requests, comprising a quarter of all specified global accounts, according to the company’s transparency report released earlier this year. The United States ranks first.
India recently introduced new rules that can force messaging and social media platforms to break their encryption to identify the originator of a message. WhatsApp has challenged the rules in court, arguing that they muzzle freedom of expression and violate privacy. The government maintains that the new rules will help combat fake news and hate speech.

Times of India