Delhi: Indian police visited Twitter office on late Monday to seek explanation by serving a notice after a tweet from the spokesman of the ruling party–Bharatiya Janata Party–was flagged as manipulated.
Earlier, the BJP leader Sambit Patra had reportedly shared the screenshots of a document on Twitter. He said it was created by the main opposition party Congress to highlight the government’s failure in handling the pandemic.
The other BJP leaders also shared the document. The reports said the police also carried out searches at the office what was labelled by some as “raid”.
Later, when Congress complained to Twitter arguing that the document was fake, the social networking site marked some tweets, including one by Sambit Patra, as “manipulated media”.
According to the Delhi police, they served notice of the inquiry after a complaint against Twitter was received. “This was necessary as we wanted to ascertain who is the right person to serve a notice (to), as replies by Twitter India MD have been very ambiguous,” a police statement said, referring to the company’s managing director.
However, Twitter has clarified that it applies its “manipulated media” tag to posts “that include media (videos, audio, and images) that have been deceptively altered or fabricated”.
Meanwhile, the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also responded to the developing situation. “Truth remains unafraid,” he tweeted.
It is important to note that earlier this year, India ordered Twitter to remove tweets critical of the ruling party amid COVID crisis and the ongoing farmer protests against agricultural reforms.