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Shocking that govt going after those calling for its accountability amid COVID crisis: Sitaram Yechury

CPI(M) common secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday mentioned he was shocked that the Centre discovered time to go after these calling for its accountability throughout a time of disaster, reacting to stories that Twitter and different social media platforms eliminated content material associated to the COVID-19 pandemic following the federal government’s order.

“It’s surprising that the federal government finds time to go after these calling for his or her accountability. To NOT do that at the moment could be anti-India. Modi authorities has failed the system. They’re accountable,” he tweeted, tagging a media report on Twitter eradicating some tweets associated to the pandemic.

“At a time of a nationwide emergency like this with an ineffectual and callous authorities touchdown us on this mess, the job of everyone seems to be to help and assist each different particular person. Solely social solidarity can take us by means of,” he mentioned.

Twitter and different social media platforms have eliminated about 100 posts and URLs after the federal government requested them to take away content material that was crucial of the dealing with of the present medical disaster or spreading pretend news across the pandemic. Twitter mentioned it has notified the impacted account holders of its motion taken in response to a authorized request from the Indian authorities, whereas Fb didn’t touch upon the problem.

Experiences citing Lumen database (an unbiased analysis undertaking finding out stop and desist letters regarding on-line content material) steered that greater than 50 posts – together with these by a Member of Parliament, MLA and filmmakers – had been eliminated by Twitter on authorities request.

India is combating a second wave of the pandemic with greater than 3,00,000 every day new coronavirus instances being reported prior to now few days, and hospitals in a number of states are reeling beneath a scarcity of medical oxygen and beds. The nation logged a document 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections in a day taking its complete tally of instances to 1,69,60,172, whereas lively instances crossed the 26-lakh mark, in accordance with the Union Well being Ministry knowledge up to date on Sunday.

The dying toll elevated to 1,92,311 with a document 2,767 every day new fatalities, the information up to date at eight am confirmed. Registering a gentle enhance, the lively instances have elevated to 26,82,751, which account for 15.82 per cent of the whole infections, whereas the nationwide COVID-19 restoration fee has additional dropped to 83.05 per cent.

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