The number of Twitter URLs blocked at the behest of the IT ministry stood at 1,122 this year till June, Parliament said on Wednesday.
In order to ensure an open, secure, reliable and accountable internet for all users, the IT Ministry has issued instructions to block URLs including accounts on Twitter under the 2000 Act. the provision of Section 69A of the IT Act”, – the Minister of State. for electronics and IT said Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
The minister broke down the Twitter URLs blocked by the IT ministry over the course of a year, and in 2022. (up to June) this number was 1,122.
This compares to 2,851 Twitter URLs blocked in 2021, 2,731 (2020) and 1,041 (2019) and 225 (2018).
According to the data provided, the numbers increased from 2018 to 2021.
in 2000 Section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act empowers the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to block information in any computer source for the purpose of India’s sovereignty and integrity, India’s defence, national security, friendly relations with foreign countries or public order or to prevent incitement commit any cognizable offense related to the above,” Chandrasekhar said.
Regarding the blocking of information, the Ministry follows the rules of Information Technologies (Procedure and Protection Measures for Blocking Public Access to Information), 2009.
“MeitY does not maintain data on the period of existence of suspended Twitter accounts,” the minister said.
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