Centre ordered the ban of 9,849 social media accounts in 2020, a 2,000% increase in 7 years

9,849 social media accounts were blocked in 2020, reflecting a jump of almost 2,000 percent since 2014 when 471 accounts were blocked.

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New Delhi: Union Minister of State for IT and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar answered in a written reply to a question in parliament that 9,849 social media accounts were blocked in 2020, reflecting a jump of almost 2,000 percent since 2014 when 471 accounts were blocked.

The Union Minister cited that the accounts were blocked based on the requests of designated nodal officers, outlining the ‘due process’ in the IT (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009, notified under section 69A of the IT Act.

Chandrasekhar told the Parliament that central and state law enforcement agencies can take appropriate legal action, and can also request intermediaries like Google and YouTube to remove objectionable content if required.

He also noted that these accounts were constantly a threat to security and public order and hence their banning was inevitable.

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