Indian police visit Twitter offices after BJP tweet was reported | Censorship News
Police are heading to Twitter offices to notify his country’s chief executive after the social media giant called the BJP spokesperson’s post “ manipulated media. ”
Police in the Indian capital have sent a notice to Twitter offices, requesting information for a complaint about why a tweet from the spokesperson for the ruling Hindu Nationalist Party was called “manipulated media”.
Last week, leaders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shared parts of a document on Twitter that they said was created by the main opposition Congress and highlighted the failures of the government in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congress complained to Twitter that the document was bogus, after which the US company marked some of the posts – including one from BJP spokesman Sambit Patra – as “manipulated media”.
New Delhi Police said Monday evening they received a complaint about the classification of Patra’s tweet, which they were investigating, adding that a team of officials had visited a Twitter office to notify the investigation.
“This was necessary because we wanted to know who is the right person to serve notice (on), as the responses from Twitter India MD were very ambiguous,” said a police statement, referring to the chief executive of the company. .
Twitter says it applies its “manipulated media” tag to posts “that include media (videos, audio, and images) that have been falsely altered or fabricated.”
A leading fact-checking organization, AltNews, said it analyzed the documents and claimed that some were created with a forged header.
Twitter declined to comment on the matter.
According to reports from New Delhi, Elizabeth Puranam of Al Jazeera said Delhi police visited Twitter offices in the capital and nearby Gurugram on Monday evening.
“They (BJP) accused the main opposition congressional party of conspiring to slander Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government for their handling of the coronavirus,” she said.
“Congress has denied being behind such efforts and it would suggest Twitter flagging these ‘manipulative media’ that they found no supporting evidence.”
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Tensions between Modi’s government and the social media giant have been growing for months, with Twitter earlier this year unblocking a number of accounts criticizing New Delhi’s new farm laws following a demand authorities.
An Indian climate activist was arrested in February after he allegedly helped create a guide to farmer protests against the laws which was tweeted by environmentalist Greta Thunberg.
Last month, the government also ordered Twitter and Facebook to remove dozens of posts criticizing Modi’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Modi and the BJP have been criticized for being slow to respond to a new wave of COVID-19 infections that has pushed India’s healthcare system to the breaking point, prompting criticism of the administration’s approach Modi to curb the pandemic.
The BJP retaliated via its social media army, accusing state governments and others of ignoring what it says are Modi’s repeated warnings of a second wave.
India has recorded a total of 26.75 million COVID-19 infections, just behind the United States, with more than 300,000 deaths, but experts warn the real toll could be much higher.