Blocked by Twitter for political causes: India’s Rahul Gandhi

India’s foremost opposition chief slams Twitter for blocking tweet over alleged rape and homicide of nine-year-old Dalit woman.

Rahul Gandhi, the chief of India’s foremost opposition get together, has slammed Twitter for blocking a tweet over the alleged rape and homicide of a nine-year-old woman, saying the platform was enjoying partisan politics.

The criticism of the United States-based microblogging big by the Congress get together on Friday comes as Twitter is making an attempt to handle issues raised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities over compliance points.

Gandhi’s account, which has 19.5 million followers, was locked after he posted {a photograph} of himself with the dad and mom of a woman who was allegedly raped and killed in New Delhi on August 1, saying the household deserved justice.

The woman belonged to India’s marginalised Dalit neighborhood, the previous so-called “untouchables” who fall on the backside of India’s caste hierarchy.

Indian regulation bars disclosing the id of victims of sexual assault and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights issued a discover to Twitter asking for the elimination of Gandhi’s tweet.

But Gandhi mentioned in a video launched to reporters that by shutting him down, Twitter was interfering in politics and enjoying into the palms of the Modi authorities, which is bitterly against Gandhi.

“This is an attack on the democratic structure of the country. It’s obvious now that Twitter is actually not a neutral, objective platform. It’s something that listens to what the government of the day says.”

While Gandhi’s account remains to be up and all his tweets seen till August 6, the platform hid his put up in regards to the woman and has blocked him from tweeting additional, pending his deletion of the tweet.

The accounts of a number of different Congress leaders had been additionally locked for tweeting the image.

A Twitter spokesperson mentioned that the platform’s rules had been “enforced judiciously and impartially”.

“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,” the spokesperson mentioned in an e-mail.

“Our aim is always to protect individuals’ privacy and safety.”

Congress spokesman Vineet Punia declined to touch upon whether or not Gandhi deliberate to delete the tweet in regards to the woman.

Police have taken 4 folks into custody after the assault, which triggered widespread anger and protests within the capital as the most recent case of violence towards girls within the nation.


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