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India Asks Twitter to Block Posts Critical of Virus Handling

  • Modi government sends notice to take down, restrict 50 tweets
  • Nation is in the grip of a wave of Covid-19 infections, deaths
A healthcare worker pushes a trolley for transporting oxygen tanks outside a temporary hospital for Covid-19 patients at a stadium in New Delhi, on April 23.

A healthcare worker pushes a trolley for transporting oxygen tanks outside a temporary hospital for Covid-19 patients at a stadium in New Delhi, on April 23.

Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg
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Twitter Inc. has removed or restricted access to more than 50 posts in the past one month at the behest of the Indian government, including tweets that criticized its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Express newspaper reported.

Other posts that were removed showed pictures and videos of a recent attack in Chhattisgarh carried out by Maoist guerrillas, the paper reported, citing disclosures made by the social media platform to the Lumen Database, which collects and analyzes legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials.