Twitter removes 52 tweets criticizing Govt’s handling of pandemic on Centre’s request

Many of the removed tweets had content related to shortage of medicines, beds, mass cremations, and the gathering of crowds at Kumbh Mela amid the pandemic

On request of central government the microblogging site Twitter has removed 52 posts related to coronavirus. The majority of these tweets were critical about the way the central government is handling the second wave of coronavirus infections and shortage of proper medical facilities.

The report filed by Medianama stated that “many of the removed tweets had content related to shortage of medicines, beds, mass cremations, and the gathering of crowds at Kumbh Mela amid the pandemic”. These news have been blocked for users in India, will continue to remain visible outside the country.

Some of the verified accounts for which the tweets have been removed include, Congress spokesperson PawanKhera, member of parliament Revanth Reddy, a minister from West Bengal MoloyGhatak, ABP News editor PankajJha, actor Vineet Kumar Singh, film-maker Avinash Das and film-maker and former journalist VinodKapri.

Twitter received a valid legal request from government under both Twitter rules and local law. Twitter found the content violates Twitter’s Rules, and the content get removed.

According to Twitter: :”In order for content related to covid-19 to be labelled or removed under this policy, it must advance a claim of fact, expressed in definitive terms, demonstrably false or misleading, based on widely available, authoritative sources and likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm.”

This is not the first time, earlier in February too, the Centre had pulled up Twitter for unblocking over 250 accounts that used controversial hashtag referring to farmer's genocide and Prime Minister NarendraModi amid the ongoing protests by farmers against the new farm laws.

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