India blocks Twitter accounts of Pakistani missions, other noted figures

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India blocks Twitter accounts of Pakistani missions

After New Delhi requested that social media giant Twitter block accounts belonging to Islamabad’s diplomatic missions, the Foreign Office (FO), raised alarm about India’s policy to block access to information.

In a tweet, the spokesperson for FO expressed concern about “diminishing spaces for plurality and access to information” in India in Monday’s tweet.

The FO called the practice of preventing information flow “extremely alarming” stating that all social media platforms must adhere to international norms. The FO also asked microblogging sites to immediately restore access to accounts and adhere to democratic freedoms.

Islamabad stated that among the many blocked accounts were the Twitter accounts of Pakistan’s missions to Iran, Turkey, Egypt and the United Nations.

According to Indian media, earlier, India’s ministry for information and broadcasting had blocked Pakistan-based social media accounts and YouTube accounts, claiming they were spreading false information.

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