Twitter Suspends Amul After Suggesting Boycott of Chinese Products (Reinstates)

Twitter Suspended China

Twitter suspended the account of Amul, an Indian dairy company, the day after it posted the following tweet suggesting the boycott of Chinese products in favor of those made in India:

#Amul Topical: About the boycott of Chinese products…

– (@Amul_coop) 3 Jun 2020

Twitter did not initially give any reason or explanation for the suspension which coincidentally came as border tensions between India and China had been escalating.

The account was reinstated the following day, and a Twitter spokesperson told Wion News the following:

The account was caught in our spam filter. Safety and security of the accounts is a key priority for us and sometimes to ensure an account has not been compromised we require the account owner to complete a simple reCAPTCHA process also termed as an ‘anti-spam’ challenge.

Sources / Relevant Material

  1. Reclaim The Net "Indian dairy company locked out of Twitter after posting image about avoiding Chinese products" by Cindy Harper (6 Jun 2020)
  2. DNA India "Twitter deactivates Amul's official account over 'Exit the dragon' post, restores later" (6 Jun 2020)
  3. Wion News "Amul account deactivated after 'boycott China' post; Twitter says due to security concerns" (6 Jun 2020)
  4. The Free Press Journal "'Why did you block us?': Amul asks Twitter over account ban; Netizens join the row" (6 Jun 2020)