Note: offer void if a dictator can credibly threaten your car company:
TWITTER AND YOUTUBE took down a BBC documentary critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in a genocidal 2002 massacre in the Indian state of Gujarat, The Intercept reports. The censorship was in coordination with the government of India, as officials called for the social media platforms to take action against what they considered a “propaganda piece.”
Kanchan Gupta, senior adviser at the Indian government’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, condemned the BBC documentary in a series of Twitter posts on Jan. 21, calling the film “hostile propaganda and anti-India garbage, disguised as ‘documentary’.” He said that Twitter and YouTube links sharing the documentary had been “blocked under India’s sovereign laws and rules.”
Twitter users in India claimed that links they shared to the documentary were later removed and replaced with a legal noticed at the time of Gupta’s statements, according to the report.
“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 said to The Intercept. “And shamefully, the companies are complying with their demands and have taken down numerous videos and posts.”
Of course, if you define “free speech” as “exposing as many people as possible to the tweets of Cat Turd Two and Alex Berenson whether they want to see them or not” then there’s no contradiction!