When the Indian coronavirus epidemic broke out lose controlThe country’s government is suppressing – on social media. On Thursday, the Indian government ordered Twitter to block more than 50 lines of tweets critical of how they handled the pandemic. Twitter complied, preventing people in the country from viewing posts made by people including a minister of state, an opposition member of the Indian Parliament, filmmakers, an actor, two journalists, and one. the number of ordinary people.
On Saturday, Twitter released details of the order Lumen database, a Harvard University project that tracks down government announcements around the world. News is first report by Medianama India’s technology policy website.
“Once we receive a valid legal request, we review it in accordance with both the Twitter Rules and local law. If the content violates Twitter’s rules, The content will be removed from the service, ”a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but not in violation Twitter rules, we can retain access for content only in India. “The company said it informed people in advance that they had restricted tweets in India, telling them it was responding to an order from the Indian government.
India’s IT ministry did not respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News.
One of the limitations tweet belongs to Moloy Ghatak, a minister of the All-India Trinamool Parliament from West Bengal state, where Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently held Major election rallies even hundreds of thousands of Indians test positive for COVID-19 daily.
Ghatak’s tweet criticized Modi for not managing the pandemic well.
The government also restrained dozens of tweets criticizing Modi or sharing pictures of India crematorium and hospital overflow, in addition to one tweet from the Indian American Muslim Council, a Washington DC-based pro-Muslim organization. That group shared one Deputy story of Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage attended by hundreds of thousands of Indians earlier this month, and turned into a super viral event.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to Ghatak and the Indian-American Islamic Council for comment.
Earlier this year, coronavirus infections in India plummeted and most parts of the country returned to normal life. In early March, Indian Minister of Health to speak that the country was in the “last game” of the pandemic. But the country is now in a rage the second wave caused by a new viral variant, religious gatherings and electoral demonstrations. India currently has the highest number of daily infections in the world and its health care system has collapsed. Lack of medical oxygen, difficulty finding a ventilator, and vaccine running out. According to data from John HopkinsIndia had 346,786 new cases on Friday and 2,624 deaths.
Despite the numbers, Modi has continue hold large election rallies.
This is not the first time Twitter has complied with the Indian government’s order to censor tweets. In February, the company blocked More than 250 accounts in India criticized how the government handled protests by hundreds of thousands of farmers against the new agricultural laws. The company then gained one Note the challenge, unblock accounts of journalists, activists and politicians, though threat of imprisonment from the Indian government.