Twitter acts on Indian plaint, suspends Hafiz Saeed's official account

The official Twitter account of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was suspended on Thursday.

“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service. Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended more than 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS,” a Twitter spokesperson told Firstpost.

Screenshot of @hafizsaeedlive which has been suspended.

Screenshot of @hafizsaeedlive which has been suspended.

The spokesperson also said that the micro-blogging site does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.

report in The Economic Times said the suspension comes after Indian security agencies reported that his account @hafizsaeedlive was being used to ignite violence following the killing of Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani last week.

According to a DNA report, Saeed, at a meet in Lahore, said that the ongoing protests on the Indian side of Kashmir would be stepped up. He also warned that the deaths in Kashmir would not go in vain.

But it looks like @hafizsaeedlive isn't Saeed's only Twitter account. We found @hafeezsaeedjue, among many others. The Economic Times report added that the JuD chief has more than one accounts maintained by his cyber team.

In February 2016, it was reported that Saeed might (or might not have) tweeted on the JNU row. The Indian government then wrote to Twitter India asking for details of the account @HafeezSaeedJUD that tweeted in support of the JNU student stir, reported The Hindu.



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Updated Date: Jul 14, 2016 20:29:00 IST

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