PTA approaches Twitter over suspension of Pakistani accounts

PTA says Twitter's actions amount to curtailing free speech

News Desk August 21, 2019

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) raised concerns with Twitter after the microblogging site blocked Pakistani user accounts for tweeting in favour of Kashmiris and against the Indian state's brutality in the occupied valley.

Reportedly, more than 200 Pakistani Twitter accounts have been suspended over occupied Kashmir tweets.

In a tweet, the PTA said that the move was an attempt to curtail free speech and went against Twitter’s policies and community guidelines.

In another tweet, the telecom authority asked users whose accounts have been blocked to reach out to PTA.

Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor – through his personal handle – said an account being run from India and impersonating a security forces official was reported to Twitter and shut down.

The Twitter handle being run from India made outrageous claims regarding armed forces personnel and was set-up in August.

The military's spokesperson also attached a chart detailing Indian accounts involved in such malicious activities and attempting to dilute Kashmiri voices.

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