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Review panel okays blocking of 306 Twitter accounts

Committee says the accounts have the potential to inflame communal tension in the country
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First Published: Wed, Feb 06 2013. 11 10 PM IST
The committee was reviewing the 310 Twitter and Facebook accounts that were blocked in the wake of communal violence in Assam’s Kokrajhar district and largescale migration of people from the southern part of the country.
The committee was reviewing the 310 Twitter and Facebook accounts that were blocked in the wake of communal violence in Assam’s Kokrajhar district and largescale migration of people from the southern part of the country.
Updated: Wed, Feb 06 2013. 11 44 PM IST
New Delhi : A high-level government review committee has given its stamp of approval on a decision to block 306 accounts being used on micro-blogging site Twitter in the wake of communal violence in Assam’s Kokrajhar district and large-scale migration of people from the South.
These accounts, according to the review committee, have the potential to inflame communal tension in the country.
Secretary of department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) told the review committee comprising cabinet secretary Ajit Seth, telecom secretary R. Chandrasekhar and legal affairs secretary B.A. Agarwal that he had held a meeting with representatives of Google, Twitter and Facebook and asked them to provide details of the up-loaders of “objectionable” contents.
However, none of them provided any details, the DeitY secretary was quoted as saying in the minutes of the meeting held recently in the cabinet secretariat.
The committee was reviewing the 310 Twitter and Facebook accounts that were blocked after the communal clashes in Kokrajhar in Assam.
Following these clashes, migration of people belonging to the North-East was witnessed from Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Patna.
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