India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) said on Sunday it asked Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to remove posts that create “panic” about the coronavirus surge in India by spreading “fake or misleading information.”
Opposition politicians and international free speech advocates denounced the action as political censorship by the embattled government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Twitter confirmed to CNN on Monday it received the request from MEITY, which was evidently made on April 23, and complied by deleting at least some of the specified tweets. Facebook has yet to comment on the matter.
“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,” the statement from Twitter explained:
If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but not in