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IT Rules Flout Intl Human Rights Norms, Says UN Experts; 'Misplaced Concern,' Says India

June 20, 2021

Special Rapporteurs from the United Nations have written to India noting that the government’s new IT Rules go against international human rights norms in their current form. India’s response contends that such concerns are “misplaced” and that the country’s democratic structure remains unaffected...

Twitter censored tweets critical of India’s handling of the pandemic at its government’s request

April 24, 2021

Twitter has removed more than 50 tweets critical of the Indian government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and did so at the request of the Indian government. First reported by Indian news site MediaNama, the Indian government sent Twitter an emergency order on Friday to censor 52 tweets...

Twitter’s Modi Operandi

February 24, 2021

India is not only the world’s largest democracy, it also accounts for the largest number of internet shutdowns and take down requests to social media companies globally.  The recent stand-off between Twitter and the Indian government over suspending more than a thousand accounts supportive of...

Twitter Unblocked Accounts That Criticized India’s Government. Now, Its Employees Are Being Threatened With Jail Time Unless It Blocks Them Again.

February 3, 2021

India’s government has threatened to punish employees at Twitter with fines and jail terms of up to seven years for restoring hundreds of accounts it has ordered the company to block. Most accounts were critical of the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi. Read more at BuzzFeed News.

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