We hope that most of you felt the same way as we do. We as IPnews did never like the phrase, “Indian Variant of Corona” or “Indian Corona” etc. Therefore, we never published any article related to this.
If we can not call corona virus as Chinese Coronavirus, then why we call Indian variant Corona Virus? Now finally, we are glad to see that, India Reacts!
Drop posts that refer to ‘Indian variant’: Indian Government to social media companies
India’s information technology ministry has written to all social media companies asking them to take down any content that refers to an “Indian variant” of the coronavirus. 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. The Indian government a day later issued a statement saying media reports using the term “Indian Variant” were without any basis, saying the WHO had classified the variant as just B.1.617. In a letter to social media companies on Friday, the IT ministry asked the companies to remove all the content that names or implies “Indian variant” of the coronavirus.
A senior Indian government source told, “The notice was issued to send a message loud and clear that such mentions of “Indian variant” spread miscommunication and hurt the country’s image.”
A social media executive said it would be difficult to take down all content using the word, as there would be hundreds of thousands of such posts, adding, “Such a move would lead to keyword based censorship going forward.”
We would request all Indians to join and react. If you see any article that says “Indian Variant” please tell them to either take the post down, or to change the phrase as “coronavirus variant B.1.617, first identified in India”.