Govt notice to Twitter on ‘Farmer Genocide’ hashtag

The Government has issued notice to Twitter to comply with its order to remove contents/accounts related to farmer genocide, sources said.

The Centre said that users are posting content with the hashtags-#ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide on Twitter which was designed to inflame passions, hatred and factually incorrect.

“This is a motivated campaign to abuse and create tension in society on unsubstantiated grounds,” the statement said.

According to the statement, Twitter may face penal action for not complying with the orders of the government. Twitter had unilaterally unblocked accounts and tweets despite the government order.

“Twitter being an intermediary is obliged to obey the directions as per satisfaction of authorities as to which inflammatory content will arouse passion and impact public order. Twitter cannot sit as an appellate authority over the satisfaction of the authorities about its potential impact on derailing public order,” it said.

Around 250 tweets/Twitter accounts were recently blocked for tweeting ‘fake, intimidatory and provocative tweets’ with the #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide hashtag.