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Govt serves ultimatum to Twitter to block offending webpages

Govt ordered Twitter to block pages which continue to host morphed contents or face action.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
August 22, 2012 5:38:40 pm

Government has given an ultimatum to social networking site Twitter to block nearly 30 of its webpages which continue to host morphed and inflammatory contents or face punitive action.

The move comes after Union Home Secretary R K Singh asked the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEIT) to serve the ultimatum on Twitter as it failed to comply with the government order to block 28 webpages in its site.

Singh told DEIT to take appropriate action if the offending webpages are not blocked immediately by Twitter.

Government had already ordered blocking of 310 webpages where morphed and inflammatory contents were uploaded with the aim to incite Muslims in India leading to the mass exodus of people of the Northeastern region from places in Karnataka,Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

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After PMO action,Twitter promises cooperation

Twitter has promised to cooperate with the government after the Prime Minister’s Office complained to it about objectionable content on six accounts resembling the PMO’s official account.

As the government blocked the six accounts after Twitter took no action,the social networking portal has communicated to the PMO that it would be locating the “unlawful content”.

It has told the PMO that it could not take action earlier “because the government entity did not intimate through proper procedure electronically to our system and hence the request was not located,” sources said.

Twitter said it was “now actively reviewing” the request and will be seeking additional information from the Ministry of Communication and IT “to locate the unlawful content and the specific unlawful tweet,” they said.

“India is important to us and we would like to have clearer communication in these matters in future,” the communication said,adding that Twitter should be put in touch with appropriate departments in this regard.

Earlier,the PMO had asked the Cyber Security Cell of the Department of IT to block these accounts as these had content having “communal overtones” and could have serious ramifications as these could be mistaken as the official account of the PMO.

The PMO had initially asked the Twitter to shut down these accounts but after it was not done,the matter was referred to the Cyber Security Cell.

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