Monday, 18 October 2021

Twitter lock official account of Congress Party

Twitter lock official account of Congress Party

A virtual war erupted between Twitter India and the Congress on Thursday after the social media platform blocked the party's official handle and the accounts of several senior leaders after Twitter lock the congress official account.

Twitter also blocked the party's Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra handles, besides the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee and the Daman & Diu Congress Committee.

The move comes just days after Twitter blocked former Congress president Rahul Gandhi publish an image of parents of a nine-year-old girl who was allegedly murdered and raped in Delhi after Twitter lock the congress official account.

In defiance, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra changed her display picture to Mr. Gandhi's. In contrast, Youth Congress chief B.V. Srinivas changed his display picture and handle to Rahul Gandhi.

By late Wednesday evening, prominent leaders whose handles had been suspending by Twitter for violating its policy.

  • Randeep Surjewala,
  • K.C. Venugopal,
  • Ajay Maken
  • Sushmita Dev
  • Bhanwar Jitendra Singh
  • Manickam Tagore member of Lok Sabha

All these leaders and the Congress's handle had shared the same photograph in solidarity with Mr. Gandhi after Twitter lock the congress official account.

Breaking his silence on the Twitter episode, Mr. Gandhi said on Instagram, "If fighting for justice for murder and rape victim is a crime, then I am guilty. They can lock us out on a platform but they can't lock our voice for the sake of the people".

Party leaders claimed that not just prominent leaders but 'thousands of handles associated with the Congress had been blocking by Twitter.

Last week, Twitter removed Mr. Gandhi's tweet and the photo, as sharing pictures of a victim or her relatives is barred under Indian Law.

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Double standards: Congress

However, Congress targeted Twitter to adopt "double standards" since the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) functionaries had shared similar photos with the victims' parents, but no action taking against them.

Ms. Vadra said on Twitter,

"Is Twitter following its own policy for the suspension of Congress leaders' accounts or the Modi government's? Why hadn't it locked the account of SC commission that had tweeted similar photos before any of our leaders did? By locking Congress leaders' accounts en masse, Twitter is blatantly colluding with the stifling of democracy by the BJP government in India".

Congress leader and chairman of a parliamentary panel on information technology

Shashi Tharoor said he "understood" Twitter's position about automatically blocking accounts that violated the law and their policy but added that Twitter could review its policy as Mr. Gandhi's action was a "technical violation of the law."

He said.

"Action taken against a prominent Opposition leader raises obvious concerns of selectivity&bias. I urge @Twitter to restore @RahulGandhi's account, review the policy of automatic suspensions & show more sensitivity to public concerns. Focus on what happened to a girl, not a pic!" 

Twitter's response
Replying to a query on the development, a Twitter spokesperson said the 'Twitter Rules' were enforcing judiciously and fair for everyone on its service.

According to the company, they were alerted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights about specific content on a platform that allegedly revealed the identity of an alleged sexual assault victim's (and a minor's) parents. This was reviewing against its rules and policies and the concerns expressed as a matter of Indian law.

When a tweet is founded to violate Twitter Rules and has yet to be deleted by the account holder, it hides behind a notice. The account remains locked until the tweet is removing or the appeal is successfully processed.

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