India, Twitter Dispute
Intensifies Over Alleged 'Manipulated Media'
May 25, 2021
Indian police officials say they
visited Twitter's Delhi and Gurgaon offices to serve notice to the
company's managing director concerning an investigation into the
company tagging some government official's tweets as "manipulated
Several leaders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) shared parts of a document they said was created by
their main political opposition, Congress, which allegedly showed
how it planned to hinder the government's response to the
Some have been critical of the government's handling of the
pandemic. The BJP has blamed state governments for the slow response
and ignoring warnings by Modi of a second wave.
Congress said the documents were fake and complained to Twitter,
which tagged the posts as manipulated.
Twitter tags posts as "manipulated media" "that include media
(videos, audio, and images) that have been deceptively altered or
Twitter has not commented on this case.
administration has reportedly ordered Twitter to take down posts
critical of its handling of the coronavirus in recent months. It has
also complained when those orders were not followed.
India has been hit hard by a second wave of the pandemic in recent
months. The country has reported nearly 27 million cases and over
The latest dispute between the Indian government and U.S. social
media giants Twitter and Facebook come as a deadline nears for the
platforms to comply with new government takedown requests.
Officials have warned both companies that failure to comply with the
new rules "could lead to loss of status and protections as
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