The Indian government is now in a stricter manner in implementing rules in social media platforms. Dozens of tweets coming from India were now removed from the app. Here’s why.
After demanding Twitter to suspend over 500 accounts, the Indian government is now moving its eyes to sensitive information being shared by their citizens via Twitter. On Saturday, April 24, Tech Crunch reported a massive takedown of Indian tweets on the popular social media platform. As per report, the tweets were reportedly connected to COVID-19 posts.
Why is India taking down tweets?
New Delhi imposed a new emergency order censoring tweets of their citizens, align with the COVID-19 pandemic issue. It turns out, the government is rapidly taking down the citizens’ posts that are highlighting what appears to be their ‘incompetent’ work amid pandemic.
Here’s the sample tweet that was reportedly taken down by Twitter:
According to report, several tweets from India’s known personalities including Revanth Reddy (a Member of Parliament), Moloy Ghatak (a minister in West Bengal), Vineet Kumar Singh (actor) filmmakers Vinod Kapri and Avinash Das were all removed.
Over 50 tweets from random and popular Indian personalities were removed, based on the report.
Twitter gets ordered again
This was not the first time that social media giant Twitter was ordered by the Indian government to modify something in their system. In February, Twitted had to suspend over 500 accounts over the understanding that the government might attack their executives in a legal manner.
“Over the course of the last 10 days, Twitter has been served with several separate blocking orders by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act,” the company wrote in a blog post, at that time.
Now, the issue of taking down tweets from India was also explained by Twitter, saying they’re only forced to take down the posts. Here’s the spokesperson’s full statement:
“When we receive a valid legal request, we review it under both the Twitter Rules and local law. 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. In all cases, we notify the account holder directly so they’re aware that we’ve received a legal order pertaining to the account.”
“We notify the user(s) by sending a message to the email address associated with the account(s), if available. Read more about our Legal request FAQs. The legal requests that we receive are detailed in the bianual Twitter Transparency Report, and requests to withhold content are published on Lumen.”
India coronavirus status
As of now, the Indian government has not yet released a statement about the said Twitter controversy. Currently, the country’s COVID-19 population is still one of the highest amongst other countries. Over 330,000 new cases are being reported from the country, almost everyday. This was the reason why a lot of Indian people are now taking their frustrations against the government, which is now slowly being taken down.