CHANDIGARH: Amid the row over delay in complying with the new IT (intermediary) rules, Twitter has restricted four accounts in India, including that of Punjabi rapper-songwriter Jazzy B, in compliance with the legal request made by the Indian government.
The Indian-Canadian singer visited the Singhu border in December to support farmers protesting against the new farm laws.
Jazzy B has also been supporting the farmers through his social media platforms and posted several updates about the protests on Twitter.
Twitter has taken action on four accounts that also includes hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion.
The accounts have been “geo-restricted” which means while they can still be accessed from IP addresses outside the country, they will remain unavailable or ‘blocked’ in India.
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Reacting to this, Jazzy wrote on Instagram: “Will always stand for the rights of my people”
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Before Jazzy B, several other Twitter accounts were blocked or withheld for tweeting on the farmers’ protests. In February 2021, around 250 accounts were blocked for several hours following a request from the government.
These accounts were blocked weeks after Twitter was pressurised to comply with new rules for social media set by the government.