Till June in the current year, the number of Twitter URLs blocked on the directions of the IT ministry stood at 1,122, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
With a view to ensure open, secure, reliable and accountable internet for all users, the IT ministry “issued directions to Twitter to block URLs including accounts under the provision of section 69A of the IT Act, 2000,” states Minister for Electronics and IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
The minister gave year-wise details of Twitter URLs blocked by the IT ministry, which pegged the number at 1,122 for 2022 (till June).
In comparison, 2,851 Twitter URLs were blocked in 2021, 2,731 (2020) and 1,041 (2019) and 225 (2018).
According to the figures cited, the number has increased between 2018 and 2021.
“Section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 empowers the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to intercept information in any computer resource in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, the security of the State Friendly relations with foreign states or public order or to prevent the commission of any cognizable offense relating to the above,” said Chandrashekhar.
For blocking of information, the Ministry follows the procedure specified in the Information Technology (Procedure and Security Measures for Blocking Access to Information by the Public) Rules, 2009.
“MeitY does not keep data about the duration of existence of accounts suspended by Twitter,” the minister said.