Twitter’s suspension is a continuation of a campaign of suppression against Kashimiri activists and information on Kashmir.
In 2019, Newsweek reported that Twitter had removed over one million tweets on Kashmir, and was bowing to censorship and suppressing freedom of speech in Kashmir. StandwithKashmir activists are concerned that other social media accounts (including Facebook and Instagram) as well as their website (which is already blocked in India) could be impacted, leaving an information gap for thousands of their followers across the platforms.
StandwithKashmir’s data team has also been observing some unusual errors while conducting data extraction for analysis through Twitter API, suggesting that Twitter has been restricting their reach.
Twitter is now complicit with India’s authoritarianism, and by suspending and suppressing StandwithKashmir and other Kashmiri activists it has taken the side of an impending settler-colonial project.
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