Twitter receives complaint about President Alvi’s tweet on Srinagar protest

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has joined the list of people whose accounts have been reported for posting about the lockdown and protests in occupied Kashmir, according to an email by Twitter.

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Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari on Monday shared a screenshot of the email on her Twitter account, saying that the action was in “bad taste and simply ridiculous”.

The email, shared by Mazari, informed President Alvi that Twitter had received a complaint regarding a tweet he posted on August 24. It added that Twitter had “investigated the reported content and could not identify any violations of the Twitter rules or applicable law”.

The email added, “accordingly, we have not taken any action at this time.”

The tweet in question by President Alvi contained a video of a protest that was reportedly held in Srinagar.

“This is Srinagar yesterday despite curfews, bans, blackouts, teargas and firing,” read the adjacent text in the tweet. “No amount of oppression and brutality can suppress the resentment of the Kashmiris against India. They want freedom at all costs. Please retweet and let the world know.”

International media has been reporting about huge protests being held in occupied Kashmir, despite the Indian government’s efforts to silence journalists and news outlets. The protests and demonstrations are being held against New Delhi’s decision to scrap Article 370 of the constitution, despite a strict lockdown and communications blackout, that has been in place for the past three weeks.

In the past few weeks, several users have complained that their accounts were suspended for posting about happenings in occupied Kashmir. Last week, the government had specified about 200 accounts, that were suspended apparently for posting about occupied Kashmir, to Twitter.

Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor had also announced that the authorities had taken up the issue with Twitter and Facebook “against suspending Pakistani accounts for posting in support of Kashmir. Indian staff at their regional headquarters is the reason”.

According to Twitter Rules, accounts that post spam or abusive content are suspended temporarily. The micro-blogging website also suspends accounts that are suspected to have been hacked, until “it can be secured and restored to the account owner”.

Moreover, tweets that are found to be in violation to the Twitter Rules are hidden behind an interstitial until the user deletes it.

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