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Government gives Twitter 12 hours to block hate content

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Aug 23, 2012 at 03:05pm IST

New Delhi: With Assam still tense following the communal violence in some of its districts, the Central Government is trying to block offensive content on social media websites, which it claims have been responsible for the hate campaign against Northeast Indians.

The government has given the microblogging site Twitter and other social media websites a deadline of 12 hours deadline to remove the objectionable content or face a shutdown in India.

The decision was taken after Twitter failed to respond to the Ministry of Home Affairs' request to issue show cause notices on offensive and provocative Twitter handles.

Ministry of Home Affairs sources also say that updates from 28 URLs have been asked to be removed, but no specific users or handles have been named. While one of the social media websites - Facebook - has agreed to co-operate, Twitter has so far refused any compliance.

Union Home Secretary RK Singh on Wednesday asked the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEIT) to serve the ultimatum on Twitter as it failed to comply with the government order to block 28 webpages on its site.

Meanwhile, Twitter users are furious with topics like GOI blocks and Emergency 2012 trending. The Telecom Ministry will also hold a review meeting with the National Security Advisor and the Intelligence Bureau on the matter.

Government had already ordered blocking of 310 webpages where morphed and inflammatory contents were uploaded with the aim to inflame passions.

According to the government morphed photos and hate content on the websites were responsible for the panic that gripped Northeast Indians in many parts of the country, forcing them to flee to their home states from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

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