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Twitter geo-blocks two musicians’ accounts in India


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Twitter has been catching some flak from the music industry recently over licensing, but two Indian artists have another reason to criticise the social network.

L-Fresh the Lion and Jazzy B have both had their Twitter accounts geo-restricted in India, following a legal request from the Indian government.

TechCrunch explained that their tweets can still be seen elsewhere in the world, and that the reason the government complained was their support for the farmers’ protest movement in India, and criticism of the country’s prime minister Narendra Modi.

According to Twitter, the two artists’ tweets did not violate its own rules, but because they are “determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction” (India in this case) the accounts are geo-restricted there. The news comes amid wider tensions between Twitter and the Indian government over new laws covering internet platforms. “Happy to stand for what I believe in. Always will,” tweeted L-Fresh the Lion yesterday. “In good company with @jazzyb.”

Stuart Dredge

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