India has requested the social media large to take down 1,178 accounts it says are spreading misinformation about farmer protests.

Twitter says it’s looking for talks with India’s expertise minister, days after the nation requested the US-based social media large to take down 1,178 accounts it says are spreading misinformation about ongoing farmers’ protests.

New Delhi wrote to Twitter on February 4, asking it to take away the accounts, which it mentioned have been backed by archrival Pakistan or operated by sympathisers of Sikh separatists, two expertise ministry sources mentioned, including the corporate had but to conform.

India’s safety companies mentioned a few of the accounts have been being operated from outdoors the nation and have been sharing and amplifying misinformation and provocative content material on the farmers’ protests, one of many ministry sources instructed Reuters information company, declining to be named because the order was not public.

Twitter, which counts India as considered one of its prime markets, didn’t touch upon whether or not it had complied with the federal government’s order.

“We proceed to be engaged with the federal government of India from a place of respect and have reached out to the Honourable Minister for a proper dialogue,” a spokeswoman for Twitter in India mentioned, including that the security of its native employees was a prime firm precedence.

Farmers shout throughout a three-hour ‘chakka jam’ (street blockade) throughout protests towards farm legal guidelines on a freeway outdoors New Delhi [Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

Tens of hundreds of farmers have camped on the outskirts of India’s capital New Delhi for months, demanding the withdrawal of latest agriculture legal guidelines they are saying profit personal consumers on the expense of growers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities says the reforms open up new alternatives for farmers. A number of rounds of talks between the federal government and the farmer leaders have failed.

Final week, India despatched Twitter a discover of non-compliance, threatening its executives with jail phrases and fines after the corporate didn’t obey one other authorities order to dam content material that alleged Modi’s administration was attempting to wipe out the protesting farmers.

The incident drew criticism of the corporate from members of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP).

On Monday, Twitter for the primary time mentioned it had formally acknowledged receipt of the federal government’s non-compliance discover.

Twitter critiques all authorities studies promptly and takes motion whereas making certain it upholds free speech, the corporate mentioned.

“We strongly imagine that the open and free trade of data has a constructive world impression, and that the tweets should proceed to movement,” the Twitter spokeswoman mentioned.