Donald Trump’s supporters would no doubt spot an irony if Twitter was banned for encouraging mass protests in the same way the former president was thrown out by the social media service for tweets that helped incite the Capitol Hill coup attempt.
There are definite signs that the Indian government is prepared to take drastic action against Twitter, despite its new attempt to defuse days of mounting tension with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
Benjamin Parkin and Amy Kazmin report the service has taken action on more than 500 accounts that had been flagged by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Some have been blocked in India but will remain available outside the country, while others have been permanently suspended.
The government had demanded that Twitter block hundreds of accounts tweeting about farmers’ protests against contentious new agricultural reforms. The ruling BJP and its supporters have also begun actively promoting Koo, an Indian microblogging site, as a patriotic alternative to Twitter. Launched last year, Koo allows messaging in eight Indian languages.
“Hello folks, I am on Koo now, in case Twitter is shut in India for flouting our laws,” read a tweet on Tuesday from Smita Barooah, who helped co-ordinate the BJP’s social media campaigns in previous general elections.
Any Indian rejection of Twitter would hit user growth, which fell short of Wall Street expectations when the company reported on Tuesday. Average monetisable daily active users reached 192m, a 27 per cent increase year-on-year but short of analyst forecasts for 194m.
While acknowledging that Twitter would faced challenging comparisons this year with 2020’s pandemic surge in users, chief executive Jack Dorsey told analysts it would survive both Covid and the loss of one much-followed user in Trump. “We are a platform that is obviously much larger than any one topic, or any one account,” he said.
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