Srinagar: There are reports that scores of Kashmiri activists received an email from Twitter’s legal section wherein it was mentioned that Indian government has alleged that there accounts are in violation of Indian law, reported WithKashmir.
The email noted that Twitter Inc. had received official correspondence regarding these accounts.
“The correspondence claims that your account is in violation of Indian law. Please note we may be obliged to take action regarding the content identified in the complaint in the future. Please let us know by replying to this email as soon as possible if you decide to voluntarily remove the content identified on your account,” read the mail.
Over last many years, Twitter has emerged a major platform to express feelings for Kashmiri youth including journalists, politicians. J&K’s former chief minister Omar Abdullah has huge following on Twitter and he most of the times tweets rather than issuing statements, the report added.
The email has been sent at 4:16am Indian standard time, to all these accounts.
Here’s an excerpt from the mail received.
“The correspondence claims that your account is in violation of Indian law.
Please note we may be obligated to take action regarding the content identified in the complaint in the future. Please let us know by replying to this email as soon as possible if you decide to voluntarily remove the content identified on your account.”
Over the last seven years, Twitter has become one of the most popular platforms of Kashmiri journalists, human rights activists, bloggers and also a large section of the youth. Kashmiri activists who see their voices throttled by the Indian mainstream media, have used Twitter to amplify their voices globally.
With multiple campaigns to bring awareness to the human rights situation in Kashmir, the activists would receive death threats and rape threats from Indian trolls. Earlier this year, these trolls as identified as being part of the propaganda machine run by the RSS-BJP.
One such Kashmiri activist, who chose to remain anonymous said,”The Indian state is now after us on Twitter, after choking our voices on other social media platforms.”
A Pakistani journalist Sabena Siddiqi also put out a screenshot of the email on her Twitter account. She later commented that she had sent a reply to Twitter, “I want to see which tweets, India has objections about.”