‘Not a Surprise, But Terrifying’: At India’s Request, Twitter Blocks Posts Critical of Modi Covid Response

‘Not a Surprise, But Terrifying’: At India’s Request, Twitter Blocks Posts Critical of Modi Covid Response

“Not a surprise. But terrifying nonetheless.”

That’s how Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein responded Sunday to news that India had requested—and Twitter had agreed—to have numerous tweets critical of the Modi government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic blocked from the popular social media platform.

The Indian news outlet Medianama was the first to report the situation on Saturday, followed by Buzzfeed in U.S. press. According to Medianama’s reporting by Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru:

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