Twitter Blocks Punjabi Singer Jazzy B, Three Other Accounts ‘In Response to a Valid Demand’

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Microblogging platform Twitter has “withheld” the accounts of Punjabi singer Jazzy B, hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion and two others in response to a legitimate demand in India, even as it draws flak over delay in complying with the new IT rules in the country.

According to a data on Lumen database, Twitter received legitimate request from the Indian government on June 6 for actioning four accounts, including that of Jazzy B.

Requests received by Twitter for withholding satisfied are published on Lumen database – an independent research project studying cease and refrain letters concerning online satisfied.

Users checking Jazzy B’s account are shown a message saying “account has been withheld in India in response to a legitimate demand”.

When contacted, a Twitter spokesperson said when it receives a legal legitimate request, it reviews it under both the Twitter Rules and native law.

“Whether the satisfied violates Twitter Rules, the satisfied will be removed from the service. Whether it is made up our minds to be unlawful in a specific jurisdiction, but not in violation of the Twitter Rules, we may withhold access to the satisfied in India only,” the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson famous that in all cases, it notifies the account holder directly in order that they are aware that the company has received a legitimate order pertaining to the account.

“We inform the user(s) by sending a message to the e-mail address associated with the account(s), whether to be had… Twitter is dedicated to the principles of openness, transparency, details of the requests to withhold satisfied have been published on Lumen,” the spokesperson said.

Reports propose that Jazzy B had ceaselessly tweeted in beef up of farmers’ protests.

Earlier this year, more than 500 accounts were suspended and access to hundreds of others in India blocked after the government ordered the microblogging platform to restrain the spread of misinformation and inflammatory satisfied related to farmers’ protests.

Over the last many months, Twitter has been embroiled in quite a few issues. Twitter had drawn flak after it marked several tweets by ruling BJP leaders on an alleged strategy document of the Opposition to target the government over COVID as containing ”manipulated media”, triggering a sharp rebuke from the government.

The row over Twitter’s handling of sure messages had recently blown up into all-out war of words between the Centre and the social media platform.

Final week, the government issued a notice to Twitter giving it one final chance to “immediately” comply with the new IT rules and warned that failure to adhere to the norms will lead to the platform losing exemption from liability under the IT Act.

Twitter has an estimated 1.75 crore users in India, as per data cited by the government recently.
The new IT rules for social media companies that came into effect final month mandate large platforms like Facebook and Twitter to undertake greater due diligence and make these digital platforms more accountable and responsible for the satisfied hosted by them.

The rules also require remarkable social media intermediaries – providing products and services primarily in the nature of messaging – to enable identification of the “first originator” of the information that undermines the sovereignty of India, the security of the state, or public order.

The new IT rules require remarkable social media intermediaries – those with other 50 lakh users – to nominate a grievance officer, nodal officer and a chief compliance officer. These personnel are required to be resident in India.

Under the new rules, social media companies must take down flagged satisfied inside 36 hours, and remove inside 24 hours satisfied that is flagged for nudity, pornography etc.

The Centre had said the new rules are designed to prevent abuse and misuse of platforms, and offer users a robust forum for grievance redressal.

Non-compliance with the rules would result in these platforms losing their middleman status that provides them immunity from liabilities over any third-party data hosted by them. In other words, they could be liable for crook action in case of complaints.

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