Twitter accused of silencing pro-Kashmir accounts

Twitter accused of silencing pro-Kashmir accounts
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  • calendar-gray 06 April 2021

British Pakistani groups on Monday accused Twitter of removing accounts that criticize India’s alleged human rights abuses in Kashmir, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Fahim Kayani, the head of Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK, said social media is the one place where Kashmiris and others who suffer human rights abuses can raise awareness of their situation.

This is even more important now as world powers are too busy dealing with the global pandemic to pay much attention to politics, he added in a statement.

Kayani said well-known Twitter accounts such as Stand with Kashmir and Kashmir Civitas have been suspended. Now the Twitter account of Rehana Ali, Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK’s information secretary, has also been suspended, he added.

“Twitter needs to stop discriminating against Kashmiris as most of its IT staff is from India and their office is based there too,” Kayani said. “It has been observed that many accounts are suspended without reason or notified [that] they have violated Twitter rules when that is not true.”

“Each Kashmiri you talk to has had one or more accounts suspended over the years but Indian accounts and groups which are working in an organised manner are still there using bots – openly harassing, abusing and trolling Kashmiris,” he said.

Kayani demanded that Twitter stop favoring Indian accounts over Kashmiri and Pakistani accounts.

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