Social Media

India Mulls Twitter Bans

Demands Twitter close accounts of those spreading certain stories


The world's largest democracy is facing a major dilemma: Should India allow free access to information or go down the route China has taken and limit access to the Google, Facebook and Twitter?

India would seem an unlikely country to crack down on the free flow of information, but the government fears it has become a threat to national security and has warned Twitter of "appropriate and suitable action" if it doesn't close 20 accounts that it believes have spread scare-mongering stories.

The government had already blocked over 200 web pages which it claims have incited communal violence in the northeast of the country where fighting between Muslim settlers and local tribal group in the state of Assam.