Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
The Indian government on Saturday asked social media platform Twitter to take down dozens of tweets including some by local lawmakers that were critical of India’s handling of the Coronavirus outbreak as Cases of Covid-19 again hit a world record.
The tweets reportedly highlighted either the missteps of the government or the miseries of people caught in the Covid-19 pandemic.
As we all are aware that Covid Cases in India have increased sharply so many of the critical tweets had content related to the shortage of beds, medicines, mass cremations, and the gathering of crowds at Kumbh Mela amid the pandemic.
Complying with the central government orders Twitter has blocked over 50 tweets made by some popular handles including handles belonging to Member of Parliament Revanth Reddy, West Bengal Minister Moloy Ghatak, actor Vineet Kumar Singh and filmmakers Vinod Kapri and Avinash Das.
Although Twitter has not publicly commented or specified which tweets it has blocked or why the tweets have been blocked, it did reportedly sent a notice to the users who made those tweets saying that the tweets violated Indian laws according to the Indian government.
For the unversed the notice that Twitter received referenced Indian IT Act 2000 and asked Twitter to take action against the specified tweets. This is the second time in recent months when the Indian government has asked Twitter to block tweets.
Earlier when the farmers’ protest was gaining momentum, India has asked Twitter to delete several tweets and block some handles. Twitter partially complied with the Indian government’s request, although after an uproar over its move the decision in most cases was reversed.
India is in the grip of rampaging the second wave of the pandemic. The number of cases across the country rose around 3,46,786 on Saturday.
Health experts said that India became complacent in the winter and allowed the resumption and f big gatherings including large festivals and political rallies for Local Elections.