The government today sought to downplay its action in the cyberworld in the wake of problems in the northeast, saying it is not targeting individual accounts and websites but wants to block objectionable content.
Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal said the government is ready to hold discussions with stakeholders to find a “permanent solution” to the issue.
“The difficulty is that Twitter is a site, which operates from outside India and the server of all such sites are outside the jurisdiction of India... they have said that they are ready for talks with us. But the solution to this problem should be a permanent one,” Sibal said in an official statement.
The government has received widespread criticism from netizens for allegedly trying to block individual accounts on microblogging website Twitter.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had complained that six accounts on microblogging site Twitter were carrying content with “communal overtones”, which could be mistaken as the official account of the Prime Minister and should therefore be removed.
There were also reports that the government has asked Internet service providers to block select 16 Twitter accounts, including that of some journalists.
Twitter, on its part has replied that it has “removed the reported profile(s) from circulation due to violation of our Terms of Service regarding impersonation”.