Twitter banned more than 45,000 Indian accounts in July: report

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Twitter banned 45,191 Indian user accounts in July for violating its guidelines, the microblogging platform said in its August 2022 compliance report.

According to the report, Twitter removed 42,825 accounts for child sexual exploitation, non-consensual nudity and similar content, while 2,366 accounts were banned for promoting terrorism.

The platform received 1,253 complaints in India through its local complaints mechanism between June 26, 2022 and July 25, 2022 and the total number of URLs handled was 138.

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The highest number of complaints – 874 were related to abuse/harassment and 303 to hateful behavior.

Twitter also handled 124 grievances appealing account suspensions and none were overturned, and all accounts remain suspended, according to the report. The social media platform also received 15 requests related to general questions about Twitter accounts during this reporting period.

“A large majority of all accounts suspended for promoting terrorism and child sexual exploitation are proactively flagged through a combination of technology and other specially designed internal proprietary tools,” the company said in the report. .

All major digital and social media platforms, with more than five million users, are required to publish a monthly compliance report under the new 2021 IT rules.

Pursuant to Rule 4(1)(d) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Ethics) Rules 2021, Twitter is required to publish a monthly compliance report which includes details of user complaints through the Indian grievance mechanism. and actions taken with respect to them, as well as information about Twitter’s proactive monitoring efforts in accordance with IT rules.

In June, the microblogging website had complied with a notice from the IT Department to comply with the new 2021 IT rules by the July 4 deadline or risk losing its immunity as a social media intermediary under article 79 of the computer law.

The government had asked Twitter to act on content takedown notices sent under Section 69A of the Computers Act as well as non-compliance notices issued for not removing content.

In May, the IT Department issued a similar notice to Twitter, directing it to appoint a resident grievance officer, resident compliance officer and nodal contact person.

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