Police visited Twitter offices to deliver the notice to this country’s governing body after the social media giant tagged the BJP spokesperson as ‘manipulated media’.
India’s capital police served a notice on Twitter offices, asking for information for a complaint as to why a tweet by a spokesman for the ruling Hindu nationalist party was tagged as “manipulated media”.
Leaders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last week shared parts of a Twitter document they said was produced by the main opposition Congress and highlighted the government’s failures in managing COVID -19 pandemics.
Congress complained to Twitter that the document was fake, after the U.S. company marked several posts – including one by BJP spokesman Sambit Patra – as “manipulated media”.
New Delhi police on Monday said they had received a complaint about the classification of Patra’s tweet, which it was investigating, adding that a team of officers had visited a Twitter office to publicize the question.
“This is necessary because we want to know who is the right person to send a notification (to), because the responses to Twitter India MD are unclear,” a police statement said, referring to the manager of the company.
Twitter said it applied the “manipulated media” tag to posts that “included media (videos, audio, and images) that were fraudulently altered or created”.
A leading fact -checking organization, AltNews, said it checked the documents and admitted that some were made into a fake letter.
Twitter declined to comment on it.
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Tensions between the Modi government and the social media giant have been raging for months, with Twitter earlier this year reversing the blocking of several accounts critical of New Delhi’s new agricultural laws following. at the request of the authorities.
An Indian climate activist was arrested in February after allegedly helping to create a guide to farmers ’protests against the laws tweeted by environmentalist Greta Thunberg.
The government last month also ordered Twitter and Facebook to remove several posts critical of Modi’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Modi and the BJP have been criticized for their slow response to a new outbreak of COVID-19 infections that is pushing India’s health system to collapse, prompting criticism of the Modi administration’s approach to pandemic control.
The BJP has been hit by an army of social media, which has criticized state governments and others for ignoring Modi’s alleged repeated warnings in a second wave.
India recorded a total of 26.75 million COVID-19 infections, second only to the US, with more than 300,000 deaths but experts warn that the actual toll count could be even higher.