On Wednesday morning, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw responded to a post from Twitter user Anshul Saxena, saying a contentious Telegram channel had been blocked and that the government was working with state police authorities to ensure action is taken.
“Channel blocked. Government of India is coordinating with state law enforcement authorities to take action,” Vaishnaw tweeted.
Channel blocked. The Indian government is coordinating with state police authorities to take action. https://t.co/kCB6Ys8TI2
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) 1641351058000
Minister of State for IT and Electronics Rajeev Chandrasekhar also replied to another post from Saxena with four links to Facebook pages allegedly targeting Hindu women, saying that Facebook parent Meta would be invited. to delete the pages.
“I’ve asked the @GoI_MeitY team to notify @Meta and have it taken down,” Chandrasekhar tweeted in response to another Twitter user who tagged him on Saxena’s post.
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