Twitter blocks Punjabi singer Jazzy B and 3 others account on govt’s request

According to the Lumen database that collects and analysis complaints about the removal of online material, the other three accounts are hip-hop artist L-fresh the Lion, California Sikh Alliance, and @Tarande61695394.

Twitter has blocked local access to accounts of Punjabi Singer Jazzy B and three others in response to a legal request from the government on Sunday under the Information Technology (IT) Act, according to the Lumen database that collects and analyses complaints and requests for removal online material.

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“When we receive a valid legal request, we review it under both the Twitter Rules and local law. If the content violates Twitter’s rules the content will be removed from the service. If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but not in violation of the Twitter Rules, we may withhold access to the content in India only,” Twitter said in its statement.

The other three accounts are hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion, California Sikh Alliance, and @Tarande61695394. There was no immediate response from Twitter an HT request for comments.

HT on Monday reported the number of the government’s orders to social media companies to take down posts and accounts under Section 69 (A) of the IT Act has risen steeply over the last couple of years up from around 3,600 in 2019 and over 9,800 in 2020.

The government has sent Twitter two non-compliance notices for failing to act against certain accounts in the last six months over posts on the ongoing farmers’ agitation and Covid-19 pandemic.