X Enforces Election Commission Directive, Limits Some Political Posts In India
The social media platform X revealed that it limited access to specific posts in India containing political statements by elected officials, political parties, and candidates for upcoming elections, as per a directive from the country's election commission.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) determined that these posts violated the model code of conduct. X stated that it has adhered to the ECI's orders by withholding certain posts for the duration of the election period.
The Elon Musk-owned company further stated, "We disagree with these actions and maintain that freedom of expression should extend to these posts and political speech in general."
X's takedown order cited four social media posts flagged by the poll body: one each from YSR Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, and Bihar deputy chief minister Samrat Chaudhary.
The directive claimed that the posts infringed upon the model code of conduct (MCC), which was enforced upon the announcement of the Lok Sabha and assembly elections schedule.
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