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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Ahmedabad: Ban on mobile internet services was lifted on Tuesday midnight in Gujarat by the state police. The ban was lifted a day earlier than expected, the officials told media.

The ban on mobile internet had been imposed last Tuesday (August 25) when the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had organised a mammoth rally of around a million Patel community members seeking caste-based reservations in education and jobs.

The rally ended with violence which lashed the state for the next two days and claimed 10 lives, besides hundreds getting injured and property worth several crores of rupees damaged or destroyed in the aftermath.

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With a view to curb rumour-mongering and transfer of alarmist or inflammatory material, messages and pictures, the state government had banned mobile internet services.

This had blocked social networking sites like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter on mobile phones that are commonly used for transmitting messages on the move by the people.

Earlier, the ban was imposed till Wednesday (September 2) but after a comprehensive review of the situation on Tuesday, the ban was lifted a day in advance.

The temporary ban was implemented in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and other cities and towns hit by the violence last week.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Report: Twitter Users Who Joined Before Age 13 Facing Ban

The Motherboard report said that some users did not enter a date of birth when they signed up on Twitter, but added it to their profile later

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After the European Union’s new data privacy regulations came into effect on May 25, Twitter started suspending users who, it believes, joined the platform before turning 13, the media reported.

But the process has become messy as this latest wave of suspension has affected many adults, including journalists, technology website Motherboard reported on Wednesday.

Among those affected is Canadian journalist Tom Yun, who is older than 13, the report said.

Twitter notified Yun that “in order to create a Twitter account, you must be at least 13 years old” and “you don’t meet these age requirements”, according to notifications from the microblogging site shared by the journalist on a new Twitter account.

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) stipulates that the age of consent for using online services should not be lower than 13.

The Motherboard report said that some users did not enter a date of birth when they signed up on Twitter, but added it to their profile later.

Twitter cannot legally keep content on its platform that was created by someone under the age of 13, but at the same time it cannot separate content created before age 13 and after, according to the company.

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So the microblogging site opted to suspend users whose provided date of birth indicates they were under the age of 13 when they signed up.

Although suspended users who are now eligible to sign up for the service can create a new account, the process of new suspensions reveals the repercussion for Twitter not enforcing its own rules regarding the minimum age as Twitter has long required that users must be over 13 years old to use the service. (IANS)