Centre asks social media to remove 'Indian variant' content

Taking umbrage to the term “Indian variant” of Covid, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has asked all social media platforms to immediately remove all content that refers to or implies "Indian variant" of Coronavirus.

In an advisory to social media platforms, MEIT said this is in line with earlier advisories to curb fake news, misinformation concerning coronavirus on platforms. The Ministry said it has come to its notice that a false statement is being circulated online which implies that an "Indian variant" of coronavirus is spreading across the countries.

"This is completely false. There is no such variant of Covid 19 scientifically called as such by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO has not associated the term "Indian variant" with the B1617 variant of the coronavirus in any of its reports", the Ministry said.

This has already been clarified by the Health Ministry on May 12 and now social media platforms have been asked to remove all contents which refer to an "Indian variant" of Covid. The World Health Organization said on May 11 that the coronavirus variant B.1.617, first identified in India last year, was being classified as a variant of global concern.

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