The Twitter account of the Pakistani government’s official handle has been blocked in India for the second time in just six months following a legal demand. This marks the third time the account has been suspended in India, with the first two incidents taking place in July and October of the previous year.
According to the company’s guidelines, Twitter takes such action when presented with a valid legal demand, typically in a court order. Following a similar notice, the Pakistan government’s “@GovtofPakistan” Twitter feed was unavailable to Indian users. However, according to a report by the news agency Reuters, it remains available for viewing and interaction in countries like the United States and Canada.
Last year, Twitter India also banned the official accounts of Pakistan Embassies in the United Nations, Egypt, Turkey, and Iran. India also blocked 16 YouTube-based news channels, of which six were based in Pakistan. Emergency powers under IT Rules 2021 were employed to do so.
As per an official press release by the Ministry, the blocked YouTube channels had a combined viewership of over 680 million and were accused of spreading false information to incite disharmony in India. The channels reportedly used misleading tactics such as fake and sensational thumbnails, news anchors’ images, and TV news channels’ logos to deceive viewers into believing the false information.
Meanwhile, Pakistan was removed from the EU list of “High-Risk Third Countries” on Wednesday. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has welcomed the removal of Pakistan from the list. The EU’s list included countries that lacked robust anti-money laundering and countering terrorist measures.