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India is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, with over 2,000 succumbing to the virus every day over the previous few days and 1000’s contracting the an infection. 

Nevertheless, the Indian authorities appears extra occupied with stifling criticism and gagging voices on social media. 

Unable to face up to criticism, the Indian authorities has written to Twitter, Fb and different social media platforms, searching for to take away posts that condemn its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, alleging that a few of them had been deceptive and should result in an increase in panic among the many plenty. 

A Twitter spokesperson additionally confirmed it obtained a legitimate authorized request from the Indian authorities. “If the content violates Twitter’s Rules, the content will be removed from the service. If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but not in violation of the Twitter Rules, we may withhold access to the content in India only,” stated the Twitter official.

“The legal requests that we receive are detailed in the biannual Twitter Transparency Report, and requests to withhold content are published on Lumen.”

Sources stated the Indian authorities flagged a number of posts and content material on Twitter, Fb, Instagram and different web sites on Friday. 

Appearing on the complained, Twitter has eliminated greater than 50 tweets that criticised the Indian authorities’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic. The censored tweets and accounts embody ones owned by a sitting member of India’s Parliament, two filmmakers, an actor, and a West Bengal state minister.

The transfer has earned rebuke and criticism on social media platforms, with most individuals questioning the place the Indian authorities’s priorities lie at a time when, as per some estimates, one Indian is dying from the coronavirus in 4 minutes in Delhi alone. 

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