This comes after Twitter blocked Congress’ official handle, and also those of its several top leaders, for alleged violation of rules.
“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,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.
Is Twitter following its own policy for the suspension of Congress leaders’ accounts or the Modi government’s? Why… https://t.co/TwdcDFRDeq
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1628769854000
Only days back, Twitter had blocked the handle of Rahul Gandhi, after he tweeted images of the family members of a minor gangrape-murder victim. Following this, several Congress leaders changed their profile picture to an image of Rahul.
Youth Congress leader Srinivas Rao re-tweeted a post by BJP’s Amit Malviya from October 2020, and said Twitter took no action on a similar post after the Hathras gangrape case.
The Congress party took to Facebook and Instagram to inform of its Twitter handle being blocked.
“Twitter India has locked the official handle of the principal opposition party. This is an unprecedented attack on the voice of the people,” it said on Instagram.
The head of the Congress’s social media department, Rohan Gupta, said the party’s official Twitter handle and around 5,000 accounts of its top leaders and workers have been blocked by the website.
“Twitter is clearly acting under government’s pressure as it did not remove the same pictures shared by the Twitter account of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes for a few days,” Gupta said.
Twitter accounts of some other leaders, including Randeep Surjewala, K C Venugopal, Ajay Maken, Manickam Tagore, Jitendra Singh and Sushmita Dev have also been blocked, the party said.
Twitter on its part said the company’s rules are enforced judiciously and impartially for everyone in its service.
According to Twitter, if a tweet is found to be in violation of its rules and is not deleted by the account holder, the microblogging platform hides it behind a notice and the account remains locked until the said tweet is removed or the appeal is successfully processed.
“We have taken proactive action on several hundred tweets that posted an image that violated our rules and may continue to do so in line with our range of enforcement options. Certain types of private information carry higher risks than others and our aim is always to protect individual privacy and safety,” a company spokesperson said.