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Twitter Is Stepping Up To Help Combat COVID-19 In India

Twitter Is Stepping Up To Help Combat COVID-19 In India

Recently, Twitter tweeted that the platform has been taking some initiatives and added some crucial features that could help the citizens of India find exactly what they are looking for during the 2nd wave of the deadly virus. 

In the tweet, the microblogging platform stated, “All across the country, people are using Twitter to find the latest information and access to resources right now. As this people’s movement unfolds, we wanted to remind you of some of the features that could help you find what you’re looking for faster #Covid19IndiaHelp”

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The platform mentioned some of its features that could help in the current situation. They are-

  • Twitter Advanced Search: The feature, Advanced Search can help in filtering for fields like a specific hashtag, time period, or Tweets from a particular account. 
  • Tweets Near You: If you’d like to see Tweets that are close to your current location, type in a relevant hashtag in the search bar, tap the toggle button on the top right, and turn on ‘Near you’ under ‘Location’. You’ll have to turn on location settings for this to work.
  • Latest Tweets: You can also make sure the most recent Tweets are at the top of your timeline by tapping the ‘sparkle’ button on the top right of your home timeline. 

However, a few days back, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook had been asked to remove around 100 posts and URLS by the government of India. The government has asked to remove the content that was critical of the handling of the current medical crisis or spreading fake news around the pandemic. The decision is stated to prevent obstructions in the fight against the pandemic.

According to sources, a Twitter spokesperson stated, “If the content violates Twitter’s Rules, the content will be removed from the service. If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but not in violation of the Twitter Rules, we may withhold access to the content in India only. The legal requests that we receive are detailed in the bi-annual Twitter Transparency Report, and requests to withhold content are published on Lumen.”

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