As India struggles with a catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19, the Indian government has pressured Twitter to take down dozens of tweets, that were critical of India’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
Cases of COVID-19 have again hit a new world record.
However Twitter has now confirmed it withheld some of the tweets after the legal request by the Indian government.
In the government’s legal request, 21 tweets were mentioned. Among them were tweets from a lawmaker and a filmmaker named Avinash Das.
The law cited in the government’s request was the Information Technology Act, 2000.
“When we receive a valid legal request, we review it under both the Twitter Rules and local law,” the Twitter spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.
“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,” she said.
The spokeswoman confirmed that Twitter had notified account holders directly about withholding their content..
Reports of discrimination against pregnant and disabled workers at Amazon
Amazon is under fire for allegedly discriminating against some of its pregnant workers and workers with disabilities
New York’s Division of Human Rights filed a complaint against the company with Governor Kathy Hochul announcing the move on Wednesday.
Amazon is being accused of failing to provide these workers with the correct pay, forcing them to take unpaid leaves of absence.
There are multiple reports that the company did not follow guidelines with its workers, one pregnant worker was initially given approval to avoid lifting packages over 11 kilograms, but was then made to lift heavy items anyway by a manager.
Amazon did not provide this worker with accommodation after they were injured and instead placed them on indefinite unpaid leave, according to the complaint.
The company is being examined for its failure to accommodate these workers, and allowing managers to override safety recommendations.
Such actions are against breach New York’s Human Rights Law which protects pregnant and disabled workers from discrimination within a workplace.
Amazon is now being urged to “pay civil fines and penalties to the State of New York” and to fix its discriminatory practices.
Amazon’s spokesperson has denied its wrongful conduct saying the company offers “the best available options to accomodate” such employees.
U.S. warns against hiring North Korean tech workers
The U.S. is warning North Korean workers are trying to find IT jobs by hiding their identities
The U.S. believes workers are seeking to steal money for their home country.
Many of them are allegedly pretending to be from other parts of Asia, according to three U.S. agencies.
The State Department says thousands of highly skilled IT workers are sent around the world to generate revenue to help with North Korea’s weapons production.
If North Korea is employing workers to fund its missiles program, the move would be in violation of U.N. international sanctions.
“The United States is committed to disrupting illicit DPRK revenue-generating activities, which may facilitate criminal activity, provide direct support to the DPRK’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, and threaten international peace and security,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.
The country has conducted several missile tests in recent months, including a banned intercontinental ballistic missile.
Apple delays return to the office as COVID rates spike
Apple has delayed its staff from returning to HQ on a full-time basis
Apple has delayed its workers from returning to the office full time.
Employees who are in the current working in the office two-day-per-week as part of a trial programme will have the option to once again work fully remote if they feel uncomfortable coming into the office.
According to news outlet The Verge, a memo released by Apple’s COVID-19 response team says that its updates are based on current infection rates and hospitalisations.
Apple is also requesting employees who do decide to return to the office to wear masks when in common areas like meeting rooms, hallways, and elevators.
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