Twitter shut down dozens of tweets in India, some of which criticized New Delhi’s handling of the coronavirus in response to an emergency order from the Indian government.
New Delhi issued an emergency order to Twitter to censor over 50 tweets in the country, Twitter said in the Lumen database. The social network complied with the request and only hid the tweets for users in India.
Biomedarticles has learned that Twitter isn’t the only platform affected by the new order.
India, which previously instructed Twitter to remove some tweets and accounts critical of its policies and faces jail sentences for failure to comply, reports the country is reporting a record of over 330,000 new Covid cases per day worst of any country. News reports suggest that even that number is omitted.
Amid the collapse of the country’s health infrastructure, Twitter has become a rare glimmer of hope as people gather data and help others find medicines and oxygen bottles.
Medianama, who first covered New Delhi’s new order, said those whose tweets were censored in India include Revanth Reddy (a MP), Moloy Ghatak (a minister in West Bengal) and Vineet Kumar Singh (actor), the filmmaker Vinod Kapri and Avinash Das.
In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said: “When we receive a valid legal request, we will review it against both Twitter rules and local law. When the content hurts Twitter rules, The content is removed from the service. If found to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but not against the Twitter rules, we can Deny access for content in India only. In any event, we will notify the account holder directly so that they know that we have received a legal order regarding the account. “
“We notify users by sending a message to the email address associated with the accounts, if available. Read more about our Legal questions FAQs. The legal inquiries we receive are listed in the Bianual Twitter transparency reportand requests to withhold content are posted on Lumen. “