An avalanche of criticism over social media against India's farming Bills and an outpouring of revulsion at Modi on Twitter for allegedly doing nothing to save Indians during the pandemic's second wave has convinced the Indian prime minister to tighten the screws on US tech outfits.
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Critics say that Modi and his political supporters want desperately to throttle companies like Twitter and Facebook to prevent real news and discuss the pandemic from reaching Indians and the world.
Even seemingly straightforward accounts on the unfolding COVID-19 catastrophe in India -- never mind ones that contain direct, scathing criticism -- are the sort of things that Modi and his government want expunged from social media.
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The firms that will get hit are market leaders Google Pay, Walmart's PhonePe, and new entrant and potential goliath, WhatsApp Pay. The ones that stand to gain? Paytm and Reliance Jio.
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