India bans account of Pak’s embassies in UN, Turkey, Iran and Egypt



Twitter in India has banned official accounts of Pakistan’s embassies in the UN, Turkey, Iran and Egypt. Previously, Twitter also held the account of the national public broadcaster in Pakistan – Radio Pakistan.

Twitter blocks the account of the Pakistani Embassy at the UN.

The account of the Pakistani Embassy in Turkey is also withheld by Twitter in India.

Additionally, Twitter in India has also blocked the account of the Pakistan Embassy in Iran and Egypt.

Twitter in India earlier also blocked the account of Pakistan’s national broadcaster – Radio Pakistan.

After Twitter in India withheld these official accounts, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry urged Twitter to restore these accounts with immediate access.

The development comes at a time when the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting previously blocked 16 YouTube news channels, including 6 Pakistan-based channels, for spreading disinformation related to national security, foreign relations and to public order in India.

According to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, YouTube channels were spreading unverified false information to sow panic, incite communal discord and disturb public order in India.

The blocked social media accounts include six Pakistan-based and 10 India-based YouTube news channels with a cumulative audience of over 68 crore.

None of the digital news publishers had provided information to the department as required by Rule 18 of the 2021 IT rules, the government said.

Pakistan-based YouTube channels were found to have been used in a coordinated manner to post false information about India on various topics such as Indian military, Jammu and Kashmir and India’s external relations to light of the situation in Ukraine, among others, It said.

The contents of these channels have been observed to be completely bogus and sensitive from the perspective of national security, sovereignty and integrity of India, and India’s friendly relations with foreign states.

Moreover, India has previously called out Pakistan for spreading fake news through social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

Pakistan is frequently castigated by the world community for its violation of human rights. The country also has an unstable politics which is plagued by constant protests and demonstrations. And yet, according to digital forensics reports, Pakistan continues its propaganda to diminish India on the world stage.

Apart from government accounts in Pakistan, in a report by the Digital Forensics, Research, and Analytics Center (DFRAC), it was revealed that many fake accounts created by Pakistanis hide behind screens and use hashtags with the aim of target prestigious Indian institutions. .

These Pakistani accounts blatantly spread misinformation. The crucial thing to note here is that some of these accounts were created for the sole purpose of defaming India. After pushing the calendar, they changed their username.

All behind the screen who were fueling this diary campaign seemed to be copying content from others to heighten the false narrative.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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