Ground Report | New Delhi: What is Congress and Twitter Conflict; The Congress party said on Thursday that at least 23 of its leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, and seven accounts related to the party have been suspended by Twitter. The leaders whose accounts have been suspended include senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Randeep Surjewala, Congress social media chief Rohan Gupta, the official Twitter handle of the party and Twitter handles of Congress units in several states.
What is Congress and Twitter Conflict
Congress had posted a picture of that family in the case of rape and death of a girl child in Delhi. Congress leaders are putting a photo of Rahul Gandhi in their account in protest against this action of Twitter. Many leaders have put a picture of Rahul Gandhi in their DP and have done the same name. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has also put a picture of Rahul Gandhi in her DP in protest against Twitter.
The Congress party has accused Twitter of partisan action and is also claiming to present evidence in support of it. Those tweets of BJP leaders are being shared by Congress workers in which POCSO rules have been violated. But no action was taken. And the tweets have not been deleted till date.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed Twitter
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed Twitter and alleged that it is colluding with the BJP to “shut down the voices crying for justice”. “Twitter is following its policy to suspend accounts of Congress leaders or Modi government? Why hadn’t he closed the account of the SC commission tweeting similar pictures… Twitter is colluding with the crushing of democracy by the BJP government in India,” she said.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who also heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, said the action taken against Rahul Gandhi raises clear concerns of selectivity and bias. “…Focus on what happened to the girl, not the picture!”
TMC MP Derek O’Brien condemned Twitter’s action. “What’s going on @Twitter @TwitterIndia @jack. What’s up? We strongly condemn the blocking of accounts of @INCIndia and senior Congress party leaders,” he said.
Twitter has said that these accounts have been suspended due to violation of the rules and when the objectionable pictures are removed, the suspension of the account will be withdrawn.
“If a Tweet violates Twitter’s rules and is not deleted by the account holder, the company hides it behind a notice and the account remains locked until the tweet is deleted or the account holder The appeal made by him should not be accepted,” Twitter said.
According to Twitter, “If a tweet violates Twitter’s rules and is not removed by the account holder, the company hides it behind a notice and the account remains locked until the tweet is deleted or the account is deleted.” The appeal made by the holder should not be allowed.”
The official Twitter account of the Congress party has also been closed. Twitter had also deleted Rahul Gandhi’s post in which he shared a picture of himself interacting with the victim’s parents.