Centre asks social media platforms to remove content justifying Udaipur killing

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As tensions flared up, the Information Ministry has asked social media platforms to remove content on the Udaipur murder. The disturbing visuals of the attack on a tailor by two men on Friday had gone viral on social media.

Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor, was murdered by 2 men in Rajasthan’s Udaipur on Tuesday (PTI Photo)

Given the sensitivity surrounding the murder of Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has intervened and asked that content eliciting strong emotions be removed from social media platforms.

The ministry has issued a notice asking that platforms remove content to prevent incitement and disruption of public order.

Sources have told India Today that the IT Ministry believes that curtailing inflammatory content is necessary to restore public peace and harmony.

After the disturbing visuals of the attack went viral on social media, many accounts began to blame the violence on a community, with some even glorifying or justifying the killing.

In a bid to curb violence and to maintain law and order, the Ashok Gehlot government suspended internet services for 24 hours across the state. The authorities have also imposed section 144 in all districts for the next one month.

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