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Twitter retained a number of posts, including some by lawmakers, after the Indian government issued an emergency order.

The Indian government has asked social media platform Twitter to remove dozens of tweets, including some by local lawmakers, criticizing India’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, as cases COVID-19 once again hit a world record.

A company spokesperson told Reuters news agency on Saturday that Twitter rejected several tweets following the Indian government’s legal request.

The government has made an urgent order to censor tweets, Twitter revealed on the Lumen database, a Harvard University project.

In the government’s legal request, April 23 and revealed on Lumen, 21 tweets were mentioned.

Among them were tweets from a lawmaker named Revnath Reddy, a minister in West Bengal state named Moloy Ghatak and a filmmaker named Avinash Das.

The law cited in the government’s request was the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Although it is not clear what part of the law was invoked in this case, New Delhi often uses a provision that allows it to order the blocking of public access to information in order to protect “the sovereignty and integrity of India “and public order maintenance, Among other things.

“Once we receive a valid legal request, we will review that request in accordance with both the Twitter Rules and local law,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

“If the content violates Twitter’s rules, it will be removed from the service. If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but does not violate Twitter’s Rules, we can only keep access to content in India, ”she said.

A doctor cares for a patient with breathing problems in an ambulance awaiting admission to COVID-19 for treatment, amid widespread coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, April 25, 2021 [Amit Dave/Reuters]

The spokesperson confirmed that Twitter had directly notified the account holders of the retention of their content and let them know that it had received a legitimate order in relation to their tweets.

India’s IT ministry told AFP news agency it had asked Twitter to remove 100 posts, adding that there had been “some misuse of social media platforms to spread fake or misleading information. confusion and confusion about the COVID-19 situation in India ”.

This development has been previously reported by tech news site TechCrunch, which said Twitter is not the only platform affected by the order.

Devastating increase

India is suffering its second raging pandemic, with a COVID-19 death rate in less than four minutes in New Delhi as the capital’s poor health system struggles.

Criticism is growing that the federal government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state authorities have not been adequately prepared to handle the crisis.

India has become complacent months earlier, when the number of new cases has increased by about 10,000 a day and appears to be under control, health experts say.

Authorities lifted restrictions, allowing a resumption of major gatherings, including major festivals and political rallies for local elections.

India’s healthcare system has struggled to cope with the sharp rise, with patient families pleading for help on social media as the country faces a lack of oxygen and drugs. serious yeast.

India recorded 349,691 new cases and 2,767 deaths on Sunday – the highest since the pandemic started.



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