India asks Twitter to remove tweets critical of its COVID-19 handling as cases hit new world high
India asks Twitter to remove tweets, Overwhelmed hospitals in India begged for oxygen supplies on Saturday as the country’s coronavirus
infections have soared in what the Delhi high court called a “tsunami,”
setting a world record for cases for a third consecutive day.
Meanwhile India is in the grip of a rampaging second wave of the pandemic,
hitting a rate of one COVID-19 death in just under every four minutes in Delhi as the capital’s underfunded health system buckles.
The number of cases across the country of around 1.3 billion people rose by 346,786, the Health Ministry said on Saturday, for a total of 16.6 million cases.
COVID-19 deaths rose by 2624, to a total of 189,544, according to Saturday’s figures.
Health experts said India became complacent in the winter, when new cases were running at about 10,000 a day and seemed to be under control.
Authorities lifted restrictions, allowing the resumption of big gatherings, including large festivals and political rallies for local elections.
Twitter partially complies with Centre’s request to block some tweets critical of its Covid handling
New Delhi: The Indian government 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.
Twitter has withheld some of the tweets after the legal request by the Indian government.
Twitter has blocked several 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 meanwhile filmmakers Vinod Kapri and Avinash Das, after the central government sent a notice to the company saying that these tweets were not in compliance with India’s IT law.
The tweets reportedly highlighted either the missteps of the government or the miseries of people caught in the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the last few weeks, Covid cases in India have increased sharply
and however there is an acute lack of hospital beds, medical oxygen and medicines.