The government, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, issued the warning after Twitter unblocked 257 accounts criticizing the Modi government about farmers’ protests, after it was initially blocked.
The accounts in question come from government opposition leaders, and investigative journalism website The Caravan, along with other critics, journalists, and writers.
Some used a hashtag #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide, Referring to controversial proposed laws that farmers say reduce their income and make them more dependent on companies.
After the accounts were initially banned, the Twitter platform reversed its decision, saying that the tweets constituted freedom of expression and were worth publishing.
In response, the Ministry of Information Technology ordered the accounts to be blocked again, and said in a notice to Twitter: Twitter is a middleman and is obligated to obey government directives, and leads He refused to do so to take criminal action.
The Ministry of Information Technology added that the hashtag was used to offend, fuel and create tension in society on unfounded grounds.
Investigative journalism site The Caravan, which did not use the hashtag, said it was just doing its job.
Vinod K. Jose, executive editor, said: “We don’t understand why the Indian government is suddenly finding that journalists should not talk about all aspects of the issue.
The Modi government has also angered Western celebrities, including Rhianna And Greta Thunberg, who tweeted their support.
Some of Modi’s supporters criticized the tweets, including Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who I wrote: Nobody talks about it because they are not farmers, they are terrorists trying to divide the country.
This means that the Twitter platform, once again, must choose either to protect its employees and business interests, or to accuse it of aiding censorship in a volatile political situation.
However, you may have to comply due to India’s IT laws that compel social media platforms to remove any information created, transmitted, received, stored or hosted that may affect the public order.