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Twitter deletes accounts protesting India farming laws

Twitter complies with government pressure.
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Twitter suspended the accounts of Kisan Ekta Morcha, a farmers’ collective that led the farmers’ protests against the now-retracted farm laws.

The farmers’ collective ran two accounts, Kisan Ekta Morcha, which had 500,000 followers, and Tractor2twitr, which had 55,000 followers. During the protests, the farmers’ collective used both accounts to spread information and awareness.

The suspension of the accounts means that all information about the protests that was posted is no longer available.

From The Wire India:

“The account @Kisanektamorcha, the official handle of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), was withheld on the morning of Monday, June 27. The other account, @tractor2twitr, was withheld on Sunday night.

Twitter India sent an email to both the Twitter accounts informing them:

“In order to comply with Twitter’s obligations under India’s local laws, we have withheld the following account in India under the country’s Information Technology Act, 2000, the content remains available elsewhere.”

Both Kisan Ekta Morcha and @tractor2twitr were launched during the year-long farmers’ protests at Delhi’s borders. The central laws were eventually rolled back. The @Kisanektamorcha Twitter account had been withheld for a while during the protest as well.

Besides these two big accounts, some other Twitter handles which are vocal on pro-farmer or pro-Sikh issues were also withheld, like the Twitter handle of a Kashmiri Sikh Amaan Bali (@amaanbali), Jakara Movement (@JakaraMovement), @SherePanjabUK and some others. A prominent Twitter handle @SikhSiyasat had been withheld for a while earlier.”

In related coverage, on Sunday, YouTube removed Sidhu Moose Wala’s song SYL, which covered the water issues in the state of Punjab. The singer was shot dead last month.

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