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India asks social media firms to remove ‘Indian variant’ content

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

23rd May, 2021. 12:58 am
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Indian authorities have ordered social media structures to take down content that refers to the “Indian version” of the coronavirus.

The B.1.617 version was first detected in India last year and has been blamed for tons of a devastating Covid-19 wave that has battered South Asian nations in current weeks.

It has spread to Britain and at least 43 different countries, where “Indian version” has to grow to be a broadly used term. The authority’s order, sent on Friday through the electronics and information technology ministry, highlighting authorities’ sensitivity to accusations that it has mishandled the brand new surge. In it, the ministry instructed social media groups to “eliminate all of the content material” that refers to the “Indian version”.

“It has come to our knowledge that a false statement is being circulated online which implies that an ‘Indian variant’ of coronavirus is spreading across the countries. This is completely false,” read the letter, obtained by AFP.

Many health experts and governments have used country names to explain new coronavirus editions which have emerged in Britain, Brazil, and South Africa.

Indian authorities officers have frequently used the term “UK variation” for the reason that mutant British strain started spreading in India. The right-wing authorities have been criticized for their efforts to comprise the brand new pandemic wave. India has confronted excessive shortages of oxygen, vaccines, clinic beds, and life-saving drugs.

The authorities last month ordered Twitter and Facebook to dispose off dozens of posts critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handling of the crisis.

Whereas India on Saturday reported another 257,000 cases and 4,194 deaths in 24 hours, taking its total to 26.2 million infections and 295,525 deaths.

Almost half of the deaths have been recorded since late March when the new surge started battering the nation of 1.3 billion people.

Furthermore, New Delhi has stopped vaccine shots for people aged under 45 because it has run out of jabs.


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