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Twitter suspends over 550 accounts, flags tweets over Republic Day violence during farmers’ tractor rally

A Twitter spokesperson said the microblogging platform has also labelled tweets that were found to be in violation of its 'synthetic and manipulated media policy'.

January 27, 2021 / 07:06 PM IST
Police used tear gas to disperse farmers who marched to the capital during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

Police used tear gas to disperse farmers who marched to the capital during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

Social media giant Twitter said on January 27 that it suspended more than 550 accounts in view of the violence that erupted during the farmers’ tractor rally on the Republic Day of India.

A Twitter spokesperson said these suspended accounts were found to be engaging in “spam and platform manipulation” connected to the tractor rally that turned violent on January 26.

The spokesperson told news agency ANI that Twitter has also labelled tweets that were found to be in violation of its “synthetic and manipulated media policy”.

The spokesperson said: “We (Twitter) have taken strong enforcement action to protect the conversation on the service from attempts to incite violence, abuse, and threats that could trigger the risk of offline harm by blocking certain terms that violate our rules for trends.”