The Outrageous Twitter restrictions on indian farmers protest who are fighting against the Modi-government have finally been lifted. It is alleged that following pressure from the Indian government India’s farmer protests Twitter had allegedly placed restrictions on the coverage of India’s growing farmer protests.
The 2020–2021 Indian farmers’ protest is an ongoing protest against three farm acts which were passed by the Parliament of India in September 2020. Farmer unions and their representatives have demanded that the laws be repealed and will not accept anything short of it. It is essentially the local small-time farmers versus the Modi-government.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 2, 2021
Indian farmer protest
The beefed-up security – called “war-like” by some farmers – comes amid a tense standoff with the government over new agricultural laws.
The protest, now in its third month, presents the biggest challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced.
His government offered to suspend the laws but farmers want them repealed.
Things turned violent last week when protesters and police clashed after thousands of farmers entered Delhi as part of a massive tractor rally.
The Indian government Iron nails, rods, barbed wire, boulders and makeshift walls are being used to barricade Delhi’s borders against thousands of protesting farmers.
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— Nicholas Dawes (@NicDawes) February 1, 2021
Twitter restriction alleged blocking of the coverage about India’s growing farmer protests had earlier caused outrage on the Internet for restricting access to major accounts, including those of respected publications, actors, and left-wing politicians.
At the time, Zubair said Twitter had blocked access to at least 16 accounts that were reporting on and covering the farmer protests in India.
“All the accounts are back,” Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of and fact-checker at Alt News, wrote on Twitter.
The year @Twitter discovered a conscience in the US and lost it in India.
— Vaishna Roy (@vaishnaroy) February 1, 2021
Buzzfeed tech correspondent Pranav Dixit tweeted that a Twitter spokesperson “declined to speak to me on record despite multiple requests for more transparency”.
However, it issued a statement, citing different countries’ laws and saying if it received “a properly scoped request from an authorised entity, it may be necessary to withhold access to certain content in a particular country from time to time”.
The statement went on to say “Transparency is vital to protecting freedom of expression, so we have a notice policy for withheld content. Upon receipt of requests to withhold content, we will promptly notify the affected account holders (unless we are prohibited from doing so e.g. if we receive a court order under seal),”.