Govt asks Twitter, other social platforms to take away ‘deceptive’ Covid posts


The government has asked social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, to take away satisfied and posts that were found to be spreading misinformation and public panic around the pandemic, according to sources.

Twitter said it has notified the impacted account holders of its action taken in response to a valid request from the Indian government but did not give details of the affected accounts.

Sources said these flagged posts carried deceptive information approximately COVID-19 pandemic, and were designed to incite public panic.

The development comes at a time when India is registering a record number of coronavirus infections day by day. The number of COVID-19 cases touched a new day by day high of 3.46 lakh cases and 2,624 fatalities on Saturday.

When contacted, a Twitter spokesperson said when it receives a legal valid request, it reviews it under both Twitter Rules and native law.

Whether the satisfied violates Twitter’s Rules, the satisfied will be removed from the service. Whether it is made up our minds to be unlawful in a specific jurisdiction, but not in violation of the Twitter Rules, we may withhold access to the satisfied in India only.

“The valid requests that we receive are detailed in the biannual Twitter Transparency Outline, and requests to withhold satisfied are published on Lumen, the spokesperson said.

Reports citing Lumen database (an independent research project studying cease and refrain letters concerning online satisfied) suggested that more than 50 posts – including those by a member of Parliament, MLA and filmmakers – were removed by Twitter on government request.

Meantime, Twitter said ahead of withholding the satisfied, it has notified the account holders in order that they are aware that the action has been taken in response to a valid request from the Government of India.

The microblogging platform emphasised that it is dedicated to the principles of openness and transparency, and that it tackles misinformation based on the highest potential for harm.

It famous that it is tackling COVID-19 misinformation the use of a combination of product, technology, and human review.

Facebook and Instagram did not respond to queries.

According to sources, numerous posts and satisfied were flagged by the government to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other websites on Friday.

These posts carried misinformation around COVID, were designed to incite public panic and create a feeling of ill-will towards health personnel, they added.

Details of the account holders and number of such posts flagged could not be immediately ascertained.

(Only the headline and picture of this outline may have been reworked by the Commerce Standard staff; the remainder of the satisfied is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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