Not aligned with US view of freedom of speech: White House on online posts dropped after Indian govt order

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Not aligned with US view of freedom of speech: White House on online posts dropped after Indian govt order

Washington, April 27  

Days after Twitter and different social media platforms eliminated content material associated to the COVID-19 pandemic in India following a authorities order, the White House stated the transfer was not aligned with America’s view of freedom of speech world wide.

Twitter and different social media platforms have taken down round 100 posts and URLs after the federal government requested them to take away content material that was essential of the dealing with of the present medical disaster or spreading pretend information across the pandemic.

“That certainly wouldn’t be aligned with our view of freedom of speech around the world,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki replied when a reporter stated the Indian authorities ordered Twitter and Facebook to dam social media posts on its dealing with of the pandemic and sought her response.

The Lumen Database, a Harvard University initiative that tracks takedown requests, stated no less than 52 tweets from distinguished figures, together with opposition politicians, journalists and filmmakers, have been censored.

According to The Washington Post, Twitter stated the posts, which stay seen within the United States and different elements of the world, are being blocked in India in accordance with native rules.

“When we receive a valid legal request, we review it under both the Twitter Rules and local law,” a Twitter spokesperson instructed The Washington Post.

“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,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by the day by day. PTI 

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