Twitter Temporarily Blocked Accounts Critical Of The Indian Government

The government order to block included a movie star, a political commentator, and a prominent magazine. Their accounts have all been restored.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi

On Monday, Twitter temporarily blocked people in India from viewing several accounts belonging to activists, political commentators, a popular movie star, and a leading investigative journalism magazine, the Caravan, on orders from the country’s government. All accounts had one thing in common — they had been critical of India’s Hindu nationalist prime minister, Narendra Modi. Twitter restored the accounts more than six hours later, telling government officials that the tweets and accounts constituted free speech and were newsworthy.

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