Months After Indian Gov't Threatens To Jail Twitter Employees, Twitter Now Blocking Tweets That Criticize The Indian Government

from the thuggish-censorship dept

Back in February, we wrote about how the Indian government was threatening to jail Twitter employees if the company wouldn't block various tweets that were critical of the government's handling of farmer protests in that country. While Twitter pushed back, eventually it did block a bunch of content, though it appears it did so reluctantly, and only because it had no other choice.

And now we're seeing it happen again. The COVID pandemic situation in India is a completely out of control, and rather than fix its completely bungled response to the pandemic, the Indian government has been demanding that Twitter block tweets criticizing the government's response.

As first spotted by Medianama, Twitter agreed to block access to 52 tweets for users in India. People elsewhere can still see them, so we can see what kinds of tweets the Modi government doesn't want people to see. Tweets like this:

Or this:

In other words, it appears that rather than deal with the fact that the government totally failed to deal with the COVID situation, its main focus right now is making sure that people in India can't talk about how badly the government handled all of this.

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  1. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Apr 2021 @ 9:33am

    rather than deal with the fact that the government totally failed to deal with the COVID situation, its main focus right now is making sure that people in India can't talk about how badly the government handled all of this

    Somewhere, Old 45 is wondering why he couldn’t do that.

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  2. icon
    Norahc (profile), 28 Apr 2021 @ 9:49am

    Re:

    Somewhere, Old 45 is wondering why he couldn’t do that.

    In his mind he didn't need to. He had a solution for every problem. Too bad they weren't based in realitym

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  3. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2021 @ 11:04am

    Of course Twitter had and still has a choice. A choice to participate in government censorship or risk retaliation. Just because they don't like the choice doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

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  4. icon
    That One Guy (profile), 28 Apr 2021 @ 1:01pm

    Nice priorities all around

    Twitter shows that it can be pressured to cover up government actions that are resulting it deaths(which raises the question of how many times they've already done so, and how many more times they will do so in the future?), and the Indian government shows that it cares more for it's image than keeping it's citizens alive...

    Oh yeah, everyone's coming out of this one looking great.

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  5. identicon
    Bodger, 28 Apr 2021 @ 1:48pm

    I've often wondered why India is called "the world's largest democracy." The fact that the citizens have a theoretical role in selecting the government they want does not make it true.

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  6. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2021 @ 5:52pm

    A little off topic but have you heard about what going on in Canadia with Bill C-10 that gives the CRTC new regulatory power over all user uploaded videos as “programs” under the Act. YouTube, Facebook and any other site with user generated content video would now be subject to CRTC rules this may also apply to apps.

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  7. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2021 @ 6:46pm

    They got it

    No offense India.
    But if your government is this bad no wonder Covid is roaming its halls.

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  8. icon
    That One Guy (profile), 28 Apr 2021 @ 8:39pm

    Re:

    There's a 'Submit a Story' link at the bottom of the page you can use to notify TD of stories they might be interested in, and that one seems like something that would be right up their alley.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9. icon
    JustMe (profile), 29 Apr 2021 @ 8:50am

    Re: Bill C-10

    Ahh, I'm not sure about that. Also - it was tabled five months ago.

    https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/pl/charter-charte/c10.html
    Tabled in the House of Commons, November 18, 2020
    New and updated regulatory requirements for broadcasting services

    The Bill clarifies that the Act applies on the Internet. Clause 1 would add online undertakings as a distinct class of broadcasting undertaking subject to the Act. Online undertaking would be defined in the Act as an undertaking for the transmission or retransmission of programs over the Internet to the public by means of broadcasting receiving apparatus. Users of social media services who upload programs for sharing with other users, and are not affiliated with the service provider, would not be subject to broadcasting regulation in that respect. Similarly, clause 3 would specify that the Act does not apply in respect of programs uploaded by unaffiliated users to social media services for sharing with other users, and in respect of online undertakings whose only broadcasting consists of such programs.

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  10. icon
    R.H. (profile), 29 Apr 2021 @ 2:15pm

    Re:

    Yes, they had the "choice" to have their local employees arrested for the decision of the executives in the United States. If this were any other case of executives throwing their employees under the bus we'd all be rightfully outraged. What makes this situation any different?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11. icon
    R.H. (profile), 29 Apr 2021 @ 2:21pm

    Re:

    Do you have any evidence of irregularities in India's elections? If so, I'm pretty sure that the opposition parties would love to have it since Modi isn't particularly beloved amongst them.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12. icon
    Tanner Andrews (profile), 2 May 2021 @ 3:10pm

    Re: Re:

    The thing that makes this different is that twitter has the option of simply closing their offices in India and ceasing to pay taxes there. Due to the pervasive nature of the internet, their services can be hosted elsewhere and yet still accessible in India, even if twitter has neither employees nor tax liabilities there.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

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