The advent of social media has dramatically transformed the realm of political activism in Indian-occupied Kashmir. However, freedoms of speech and expression of Kashmiri people inside Kashmir as well as outside Kashmir are heavily suppressed by India. Platforms have sided with India’s colonial regime in Kashmir and are complicit in the erasure of Kashmiri digital rights and ongoing digital blackout of Kashmir.
Kashmiri users said they were censored in different ways – users’ accounts were disabled, suspended, and permanently deleted. Users said their account privileges were restricted or account content was removed.
Facebook and Twitter have continually sided with the Indian authorities’ weaponization of law and policy to curb Kashmir-related reportage and activism in the digital space.
In 2018, David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of expression and opinion wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about the company’s decision to censor Kashmiri-related content and profiles as indicative of accession to “government demands for content and account removals.”