were claiming to target Indian soldiers
Union Minister of State for Electronics and Technology Rajiv Chandrashekhar told ET that the new IT Intermediary Guidelines have ensured that platforms like Twitter are responding to complaints. Under this, the handles of users involved in propaganda and misinformation are suspended. The accounts on which Twitter has taken action include @evazhengll and @mioplosus_bass. Videos and pictures from the Eastern Ladakh border were being posted regularly through these handles. At the same time, Chinese side in Arunachal Pradesh was being claimed to be targeting Indian soldiers as well as making local increases.
Video of Chinese flag hoisting in Galwan on New Year’s Eve
These suspended handles were also giving information using maps and pictures from the Chinese side. It was part of a propaganda that indicated Beijing had official access. Taking action against them, Twitter suspended another Twitter handle @ChinaPakWW. Posting pictures from this Twitter handle in January, it was claimed that the Chinese flag was hoisted in the Galvan Valley on New Year’s Eve. It was through this post that the opposition parties had targeted the central government for the alleged infiltration of China into India.
Companies are bound to take action after the new rules
A group named ‘Indian Cyber Defender’ has claimed to have suspended at least two accounts. This group reports objectionable or incorrect posts to social media companies. Officials say social media companies are now bound to act after receiving complaints. Earlier, companies could easily ignore complaints. Union Minister Chandrashekhar told ET that under the new rules, it is clear that social media platforms are accountable and they have to take action against those spreading fake news.