Pakistan said on Monday it was seriously concerned by reports from Indian and US media that the Indian government had attempted to infiltrate the security system of prominent social media platform Twitter by forcing it to employ an Indian “agent/representative”.
According to media reports, the issue was raised during Twitter’s briefing to India’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology, where legal depositions made in the US by a former Twitter employee were also discussed. , said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FO).
Unfortunately, he said, a large number of Twitter accounts, especially those belonging to political leaders and journalists in Kashmir, continue to be blocked due to India’s frivolous legal objections.
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Just last month, Pakistan also strongly protested to the Indian government over the blocking of access to the content of several Twitter accounts of Pakistani diplomatic missions as well as the national broadcaster. pakistan radiohe added.
“Pakistan deplores India’s brazen abuse of the state and its heavy-handed tactics to forcibly manipulate and regulate the internet sphere. These actions not only run counter to international norms, obligations, standards and frameworks for the flow of information, but also reflect the alarming rate of shrinking space for pluralistic voices and restriction of fundamental freedoms in India” , the statement added.
Pakistan also called on India to immediately unblock the Twitter accounts of Pakistani diplomatic missions and pakistan radioto adhere to established international standards for freedom of expression as adopted by the United Nations, and to refrain from employing subterfuge to control the global Internet domain.
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According Reutersa former Twitter security chief has alleged that the Indian government forced the social media company to put a government agent on the payroll, according to a whistleblower disclosure to US regulators.
Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko raised the matter with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, among other Twitter security lapse claims.
He said the government agent allegedly gained access to sensitive user data due to Twitter’s weak security infrastructure, according to a redacted version of the complaint uploaded by the Washington Post diary and verified by Zatko’s lawyer at Whistleblower Aid.
A company source said Reuters that the allegations about the Indian government had previously surfaced on Twitter, without elaborating.
Twitter is engaged in legal action against the Indian government after asking a local court in July to overturn certain government orders removing content from the social media platform and alleged abuse of power by officials.
“The company did not in fact disclose to users that the management team believed that the Indian government had succeeded in placing agents on the company’s payroll,” Zatko’s complaint noted.
The Washington Post report said information supporting Zatko’s claims had been passed to the National Security Division of the US Department of Justice and the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
(With additional input from Reuters)