Twitter Banned 43,140 Indian Accounts In 30 Days: Find Out Why?

In the month of June, Twitter has banned more than 43,140 accounts of Indian users due to the violation of its guidelines. This was revealed by the microblogging platform in its monthly compliance report.

Also, the company is currently fighting a legal battle with the Indian government over content blocking orders.

Total 43,140 Indian Accounts Purged

As many as 40,982 accounts were purged by Twitter for child sexual exploitation, non-consensual nudity and similar content whereas the remaining 2,158 accounts for promoting terrorism.  

Twitter, through its local grievance mechanism received 724 grievances in the country between May 26-June 25. Out of all, they took action on 122 complaints.  

More than 46,000 accounts of Indian users were banned by Twitter. In the month of May, 1,698 complaints were received by local grievance mechanism in that month.

Pursuant to Article 4(d) of India’s Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, Twitter is required to publish a monthly report regarding its handling of complaints from users in the country, including action taken on them, as well as the number of URLs that Twitter has taken action as a result of proactive monitoring efforts.

The microblogging giant said that “While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our platform, we do not tolerate behaviour that harasses, threatens, dehumanises, or uses fear to silence the voices of others”.

With more than 5 million users, big digital and social media platforms will have to publish monthly compliance reports as per the new IT Rules 2021.

Twitter Moves to Karnataka High Court

Against the Indian government’s order to take down some content on its platform, on the grounds that the content blocking orders from the IT Ministry do not pass “the test of the grounds provided under Section 69A of the IT Act”, Twitter moved the Karnataka High Court in the last month.

In its writ petition, Twitter alleged that multiple accounts and content included in the blocking orders are either “overbroad and arbitrary”, fail to provide notice to the “originators” of the content, and are “disproportionate” in several cases.

Twitter was warned in June letter by IT Ministry of strict action if it does not comply with some content takedown orders.

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