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Breaking the News of Government Takedown Requests Amid COVID in India: Conversations with Lumen Researchers

“On 24 April, 2021, Medianama, an Indian tech and policy online news platform, broke a story about the Indian government’s takedown requests to Twitter to have content critical of the government’s COVID handling removed from their platform. This story took the global media landscape by a storm – with almost every leading national and international news organization quoting the story to highlight the Indian government’s crackdown on freedom of speech. The story was centered around the disclosure of the notices in question made by Twitter on the Lumen Database because it was these government takedown requests that first caught the attention of the story’s author, Aroon Deep.”

Read Shreya Tewari’s interview with Aroon Deep

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