Otago Daily Times

Twitter criticises orders


New Delhi: Twitter Inc said yesterday it believed orders by the Indian

Government to take down accounts were inconsiste­nt with local law and that for some accounts, it would not agree to an outright ban and would instead restrict access within India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government has asked Twitter to take down more than 1100 accounts and posts it says accuse the Administra­tion of trying to wipe out farmers.

While Twitter had taken a range of actions, including permanent suspension­s, against more than 500 accounts which were part of the government order, not all accounts had been blocked, the social media firm said.

‘‘These accounts continue to be available outside of India,’’ Twitter said. ‘‘Because we do not believe that the actions we have been directed to take are consistent with Indian law.’’ — Reuters

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