Social media platform X withholds some political posts in India after election commission order

A model of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is displayed outside the office of the Election Commission of India, ahead of the country's general election, in New Delhi, India, April 15, 2024. REUTERS/Priyanshu Singh/File Photo

(Reuters) - Social media platform X said on Tuesday it withheld some posts in India containing political speech from elected politicians, political parties, and candidates for office after the country's election commission ordered their takedown.

Elon Musk-owned X said it disagreed with the election commission's orders.

"We call on the Election Commission to publish all of its takedown orders going forward," X said.

India, with nearly a billion eligible voters, will set off on the world's largest electoral exercise on Friday.

(Reporting by Akanksha Khushi in Bengaluru; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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