India’s government has instructed social media companies to remove any content that refers to the “Indian variant” of Covid-19.
The IT ministry said the World Health Organization (WHO) listed the variant as B.1.617 and any reference to “Indian” was false.
Geographical terms have been used to describe a number of other variants, including the UK and Brazil.
India’s government has faced criticism over its handling of Covid-19.
The instruction to social media companies was carried in a government order from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Friday.
The note was not made public but was obtained by news agencies.
Platforms were asked to “remove all the content that names, refers to, or implies ‘Indian variant’ of coronavirus from your platform immediately”, the Press Trust of India reported.