The Times of India reported that the government had also moved to block access to certain Twitter accounts that were spoofing the prime minister. Six accounts – with names such as PM0India, Indian-pm and PMOIndiaa – were blocked on Tuesday. It is believed that local internet service providers were responsible for putting the block in place. An official from the prime minister’s office told the Times of India: “We are fine with parody, even though at times it is in bad taste, and there is criticism of the government. A fake account spoofing the Indian prime minister has been blocked in the country “But we cannot allow anyone to misrepresent the PM’s office and tweet nonsense from these accounts,” he said.

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