Twitter Bans Over 44,000 Accounts in India in a Month

Twitter Bans Over 44,000 Accounts in India in a Month
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Twitter has banned as many as 44,611 accounts in India between September 26 and October 25, in line with the country’s new information technology rules, the platform said in its monthly compliance report on Thursday.

The accounts were banned for promoting child sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity amongst others. Meanwhile, as many as 4,014 accounts were banned for promoting terrorism. 

Notably, between the August 25 and September 26 period, the company banned as many as 52,141 such accounts. The social media platform said that it received 582 complaints in its grievances redressal mechanisms pertaining to abuse and harassment. Of which actions have been taken against 20 URLs. 

Moreover, it received 7 complaints pertaining to sensitive adult content on the social media platform, of which actions have been taken against 6 URLs. 

However, no actions have been taken against eight complaints pertaining to defamation, 38 complaints pertaining to hateful conduct, 85 complaints regarding IP-related infringement, and three complaints related to privacy infringement. 

Meanwhile, the social media platform has also ended its Covid-19 misinformation policy with effect from November 23. The company introduced the policy in 2020 for suspending accounts that post false or misleading health-related information regarding Covid-19. In September, the social media platform said that more than 11,000 Twitter accounts were banned during the month for violating the policy. Last month, Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk said the hate speech impressions on Twitter have declined by one-third from pre-spike levels. Musk hinted he is planning to provide amnesty to the suspended accounts.

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

Source:  Fortune India

digital markets  India 

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