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Media reported on farm stir, why ban our accounts: Twitter to HC

Twitter has challenged the blocking of only 39 URLs out of 1,474 accounts and 175 tweets

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On September 1, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) filed a 101-page statement of objection to Twitter's petition

Bhavini Mishra New Delhi
Twitter told the Karnataka High Court on Monday that the Centre had not just asked the microblogging platform to remove tweets but was asking them to block accounts altogether during the farmers’ protests in 2021.

Senior Advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for Twitter, asked the court, “If newspapers and media organisations could report on the farmers’ protests, why can’t Twitter accounts do the same?”

Datar told Justice Krishna S Dixit that 10 blocking orders were issued by the central government between February 2021 and the same month this year to block accounts during the farmers’ stir in and around Delhi. He

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First Published: Sep 26 2022 | 8:36 PM IST

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