Indian government asks Twitter to take down criticism of its COVID-19 response

 Indian government asks Twitter to take down criticism of its COVID-19 response

India has a new strategy for fighting its COVID-19 crisis — asking Twitter to take down the criticism of the government.

Amid a record breaking surge in COVID-19 cases, the Indian government wants Twitter to remove posts criticizing its handling of the outbreak, according to a report.

Officials cited 21 critical tweets in an emergency request to have them taken down under the country’s Information Technology Act, Reuters reported.

Author Pieter Friedrich said his tweet slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi was indeed taken down in India, but was still available elsewhere.

“The reality of #India under the #Modi regime. At least the healthcare is free? #COVIDSecondWaveInIndia #IndiaFightsCorona #ModiFailsIndia #ModiResign,” he wrote in the offending tweet, alongside a photo of a woman sitting on the street with what appears to be a ventilator over her face.

“When we receive a valid legal request, we review it under both the Twitter Rules and local law,” the Twitter spokeswoman said in statement to Reuters.

“If the content violates Twitter’s rules, the content will be removed from the service. If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but not in violation of the Twitter Rules, we may withhold access to the content in India only,” she said.