Pakistan government's official Twitter account withheld
Details awaitedThis comes after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting already suspended 16 YouTube news stations, including six from Pakistan, for promoting falsehoods about India's national security, international relations, and public order.
Twitter 'withheld' the Pakistan government's official handle in India on Thursday. Twitter's recent move in India comes just days after it blocked the accounts of multiple Pakistan embassies, as well as the government-run Radio Pakistan. Twitter stated in a statement published by AFP that the bans were 'restricted to the specific jurisdiction/country where the material is considered to be prohibited.'
In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Pakistan took to Twitter and said, "SM platforms must abide by applicable international norms; we are urging Twitter to restore immediate access to our accounts and ensure adherence to democratic freedoms of speech and expression."
This comes after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting already suspended 16 YouTube news stations, including six from Pakistan, for promoting falsehoods about India's national security, international relations, and public order. According to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, YouTube channels in India were propagating fake, unconfirmed information in order to cause fear, stir communal strife, and disrupt public order.
Meanwhile, Twitter has apparently requested a court review of the Indian government's demands, despite ongoing operations against particular accounts. Union Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, on the other hand, backed the government's stance and stated that it is critical to keep social media responsible. "Globally, social media responsibility has become a valid question. It is critical to hold it responsible. which will begin with self-regulation, then industry regulation, followed by government regulation," Vaishnaw said.
Furthermore, India has already condemned Pakistan for spreading fake news on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Pakistan is constantly chastised by the international world for its violations of human rights. In addition, the country's politics are volatile, with frequent rallies and demonstrations.