Yee’s trials in Singapore were closely watched by rights groups, and fuelled debate in Singapore over censorship, the limits of free speech and political correctness.
Kashmiri users and activists have received official legal complaints from Twitter, warning that their online content could be acted upon in the future as well.
High courts across India have repeatedly used blocking injunctions as a blunt tool to fight piracy. But as a result, the people’s right to access the internet is being severely curtailed.
While the HTTPS version of the website remains unblocked, it is currently not known why the blocking order was passed.
The introduction of the new 451 HTTP Error Status Code for blocked websites is a big step forward in cataloguing online censorship, especially in a country like India where access to information is routinely restricted.
The DoT says it draws its authority to block sites from Section 79(3)(b) of the Information Technology Act 2000 and Article 19(2) of the Constitution, as the department claims the contents relate to questions of “morality, decency”.
The apex court had called section 66A of the IT Act “unconstitutional”, saying it has a “chilling effect” on freedom of speech and expression.