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India ordered Twitter to tweet criticizing its COVID-19 response

India is once again trying to silence online criticism of its government. Mediyama And Techcrunch Report that the Indian government has ordered Twitter to tweet more than 50 tweets criticizing the country’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Twitter has blocked residents’ access to the post, including members of parliament, ministers and prominent members of the film industry.

Twitter is not the only platform affected, Techcrunch Added.

The company did not directly address the expulsion in a statement, and instead outlined its policy. Twitter will only “prevent access” to content in a given area if it is considered illegal but does not violate social network policies. The firm said it “directly” informed account holders when a legal order affects their service, and publishes requests received thereon Lumen.

India is struggling with a record jump of COVID-19 cases after relatively better performance in 2021. Hospitals have been overwhelmed, and lack of oxygen has led to complex efforts to treat severe cases. Critics say Prime Minister Modi’s administration has been blamed for the failures, including electoral rallies, religious ceremonies and lack of preparation for the second wave.

Twitter has stood its ground many times. It said in February that it would not block activists, journalists and politicians in India. Those security measures do not apply to others, though. Like other social networks, Twitter is trying to strike a balance between freedom of expression and respecting local laws – and it doesn’t always work as expected.

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