According to a statement released on Sunday, the Indian government has asked Twitter to delete several tweets, criticizing the handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that it took action to “refer to the misuse of social media platforms by some users to spread fake or misleading information and create terror about unrelated, outdated and Kovid-19 status in India.” Or out of sight, communally sensitive posts and misinformation about the Kovid-19 protocol. “
The government statement said that it asked Twitter to remove about 100 posts or URLs, following the recommendations of the Home Ministry, saying:
“It is pertinent to mention that at a time, when the entire nation is making a valiant and honest effort to fight against the Kovid-19 epidemic, some people are misusing social media to create terror in the society.”
“The government welcomes criticisms, genuine requests for help, as well as suggestions in a collective fight against Kovid-19, but it is necessary to take action against users who misuse social media during this serious humanitarian crisis for unethical purposes. are doing.” The statement said.
The move comes as the Prime Minister of India faces growing anger as Kovid-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, creating a Large-scale public health crisis across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the situation for the first time last week, organized political rallies and largely reduced the urgency of the second wave in the first week itself.
India reported 352,991 new cases and 2,812 virus-related deaths on Monday, marking the world’s largest daily Keselovad for a fifth straight day.
A Twitter spokesperson told CNN in a statement on Monday that it had stopped some of those tweets following a legal request from the Indian government.
“When we receive a valid legal request, we review it under both Twitter rules and local law,” the spokesperson said.
“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 a violation of Twitter’s rules, we only withhold access to the content in India Can. ”
“In all cases, we inform the account holder directly so that they know that we have received any legal order related to the account,” the Twitter statement said.
The request to withdraw the material has been published on the Lumen database, a Harvard University project.