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Covid: India tells social media firms to remove 'India variant' from content

Added 05-22-21 12:04:03pm EST - “Platforms are told to take down all content that refers to an "Indian variant" of the coronavirus.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Covid: India tells social media firms to remove 'India variant' from content”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

India's government has instructed social media companies to remove any content that refers to the "Indian variant" of Covid-19.

The IT ministry said the World Health Organization (WHO) listed the variant as B.1.617 and any reference to "Indian" was false.

Geographical terms have been used to describe a number of other variants, including the UK and Brazil.

It also drew anger last month after it ordered Twitter to remove posts critical of some of its actions during the pandemic.

The country has been hit hard by the new variant since late March and is now second only to the US in terms of overall infections, at more than 26 million, according to Johns Hopkins University research.

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