twitter and youtube worked with the Indian government to censor reports critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Officials have called on Big His tech company to take action against Modi’s BBC documentary investigating Modi’s role in the 2002 massacre in Gujarat, India.
In a series of posts, Kanchan Gupta, a senior adviser to the Indian government’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, denounced the BBC documentary as “hostile propaganda and anti-India rubbish”. He said the platform was “following instructions”. Gupta’s statement matched a post from an Indian Twitter user who claimed to have shared a link to the documentary. but the post was later removed and replaced with a legal notice.
Indian journalist Rakib Hamid Naik told The Intercept, “The government has sent hundreds of requests to various social media platforms, especially YouTube and Twitter, to remove posts sharing snippets and links to documentaries. “And shamefully, the company has complied with their demands and taken down numerous videos and posts.”
“The government has sent hundreds of requests to various social media platforms, especially YouTube and Twitter, to remove posts sharing snippets and links to documentaries.”
The censorship act, which sweeps away allegations of crimes against humanity by foreign leaders, sets a worrying tone for Twitter, especially in light of its new administration.
Elon Musk’s self-identified ‘free speech absolutist’ has become a major point of contention as the billionaire tried to explain why he took ownership of the platform last year. . Much of his criticism of Twitter had to do with its decision to censor reports about Hunter Biden, the son of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden.
While Musk is happy to stand up to the crackdown on conservatives in the United States, which he says is nothing less than “a fight for the future of civilization,” he stands on much more serious ground. Seemingly unsuccessful in the challenge, up to the authoritarian demands of foreign governments. (His Musk, who now directs Twitter communication efforts, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)
In response to the BBC documentary’s censorship, opposition All India Trinamor Congress MPs Mahua Moitra and Derek O’Brien defiantly posted a link to the documentary online.
“I’m sorry you weren’t elected to represent the world’s largest censorship-accepting democracy.” Moitra Posted“Here’s the link. Watch it while you can.” Moitra’s post is still up, but the link to the documentary no longer works. Moitra had posted a link to the Internet Archive, presumably hoping he would evade the BBC’s block, but the Internet Archive then took the link under. she has since audio version on telegram.
O’Brien’s post itself has since been deleted.
twitter even blocks Indian audience from seeing two Posted by Actor John Cusack Link To documentary. (they as you can see Cusack said, “When I pushed Link out, I immediately got hit back.” He told The Intercept, “He received two notices that I was banned in India.”The actor co-wrote the book “What You Can Say and What You Can’t Say” with a prominent Indian scholar. Arundhati Roy,intense critic of the Modi government.
Gujarat riots, known as the riots, broke out in 2002 when Modi was chief minister. Militant groups affiliated with Hindu nationalist movements, including Modi’s Bharatiya his Janata party, have launched a violent campaign against local Muslims. Modi, who has been personally accused of facilitating violence, reportedly told police to confront the ongoing violence that has killed about 1,000 people.
“The documentary unnerves Modi as he continues to avoid responsibility for complicity in the violence,” journalist Naik said. “He sees the documentary as a threat to his image internationally and has launched an unprecedented crackdown in India.”
modi government India applies regularly pressure I posted on Twitter in an attempt to bend the social media platform to my will.At one time the government Threatens to arrest Twitter staff in the country for refusing to ban accounts run by critics.
Twitter when Musk took office Compliance rate was only 20% Regarding the Indian government’s take down request.When the billionaire took his company private, about 90% of his 200 staff on Twitter India dismissedNow, the Indian government’s pressure on Twitter seems to be gaining momentum.
The key difference may be Musk’s other business entanglements. Musk himself has his own business interests in India, where Tesla is lobbying. no luck so farto gain tax incentives for entering the Indian market.
Whatever the apparent reason for the change, Twitter’s move at the request of the Modi government bodes ill for Musk’s claims that he runs the company to protect free speech. Mr. Musk felt fine joining the US culture wars on behalf of conservatives, but he was reluctant to take a stand on the far more dire threats to free speech from dictatorships. was much more passive.
One of the initial strengths of Twitter, and social media in general, was the threat to tyrannical governments, as demonstrated by the 2009 Iranian protests and its subsequent use during the Arab Spring. Dictators across the region lashed out at the company for allowing speech they considered forbidden.
But Musk has said he will follow local laws on matters of speech. “Like I said, my preference is to strictly follow the laws of the country in which Twitter operates. murmured last year. “If citizens want to ban something, they should pass a law to do so, or allow it.”
Google, which owns YouTube, is also under intense pressure from the Indian government. The Indian government is a staggering source of content removals, having submitted over 15,000 censorship requests since 2011, according to the company’s public transparency report. By comparison, Germany has less than 5,000 and the United States has nearly 11,000.
These reports demonstrate varying levels of compliance on Google’s part. Between January and June 2022, Google censored approximately 9% of the items submitted by the Government of India, compared to approximately 44% during the 2020 period. YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment. .
Akshay Marathe, a former spokesperson for the opposition party that controls the Delhi and Punjab governments, told The Intercept that the social media takedown demands were part of a broader program of repression. Mr Modi “has made very brazen use of Indian law enforcement to imprison political opponents, journalists and activists on a regular basis,” Malate said. “His instructions to Twitter to remove all links in the documentary (and his shocking compliance with Twitter after Elon’s commitment to free speech) follow even the immediate aftermath of the Modi administration. I have. Presentation We will soon be implementing a regulatory regime that has the power to determine what is fake news and to order big tech platforms to remove their content. “