Day after farmers' violence, Twitter suspends 500 accounts
Twitter has suspended more than 500 accounts which incited violence and spread misinformation about farmer protests and bills.
Confirming the move, a Twitter spokesperson said, "We have taken strong enforcement action to protect the conversation on the service from attempts to incite violence, abuse and threats that could trigger the risk of offline harm by blocking certain terms that violate our rules for trends."
"Using a combination of technology and human review, Twitter worked at scale and took action on hundreds of accounts and Tweets that have been in violation of the Twitter rules, and suspended over 500 accounts engaged in spam and platform manipulation," the spokesperson said.
The Twitter action comes a day after the Delhi Police warned that over 300 Twitter handles have been created to create confusion over the tractor rally by protesting farmers on Republic Day.
"Through intelligence and various other agencies, we have continuously been getting inputs regarding a threat to create disturbance in the tractor rally. Nearly 308 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to create confusion," Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police Special Commissioner-Intelligence, said.
Over 300 policemen were injured in the violence after farmers barged into Delhi through barricades with their tractors.
A total of 22 FIRs have been filed by the Delhi Police so far in connection with the violence witnessed during the farmers' tractor rally.