Headline RoundupJanuary 26th, 2023

Twitter, Elon Musk Face Questions Over Censorship of BBC Documentary

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Twitter and Elon Musk are facing questions over censorship of a BBC (Center bias) documentary that criticizes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Key Quotes: “The government has sent hundreds of requests to different social media platforms, especially YouTube and Twitter, to take down the posts that share snippets or links to the documentary,” Indian journalist Raqib Hameed Naik told The Intercept. “And shamefully, the companies are complying with their demands and have taken down numerous videos and posts.”

For Context: Twitter and YouTube have blocked all links to the film, India: The Modi Question, within India. Musk said he was unaware of the censorship until a Twitter user pointed it out to him. The two-part documentary series examines Modi's role in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Authorities have moved to block screenings of the film at several Indian colleges and universities, leading to protests and skirmishes between students and police.

How the Media Covered it: Very few right-rated sources covered Twitter's censorship of the BBC documentary. It was a bigger story from left- and center-rated outlets, several of which said Musk had proven to be a hypocrite by "caving" to government censorship requests.

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