In New Delhi on Monday, a group of officers from the Special Cell of the Elite Police Branch for the Investigation of Terrorism and Organized Crime descended on the city’s Twitter offices to “notify” the head of Twitter in India. The police also tried to enter Twitter office in Gurugram, a place that is permanently closed, a Twitter spokesman told BuzzFeed News.
The move comes three days after Twitter labeled it a “manipulated media outlet.” Tweets: Among the half a dozen members of India’s ruling Bharatya Ata Anata party, they have accused India’s main national opposition party of plotting to harm Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in waging the second wave of India’s coronavirus epidemic.
In the image circulated by its members, they claimed that the Indian National Congress was giving, among other things, special medical grants to journalists affected by the epidemic. AltNews, Indian Fact-Finding Website was found that the image was falsified. (Congress also filed a police complaint against BJP spokesman Sambit Patra, who originally shared the picture.) Friday, Indian Ministry of IT sent an email asking the company to remove the labels. Twitter – no.
A Twitter spokesman declined to comment.
Several Delhi police spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment. But law enforcement sources told BuzzFeed News that they went to the Twitter office to send a notification to Twitter as part of a “routine process” after receiving “ambiguous responses” from the Twitter CEO. Manish Maheshvari,
In a video of police raids seen by BuzzFeed News, officials climbed into a receptionist in the lobby of the New Delhi building, which houses Twitter India headquarters, and asked security to locate the office. It is unclear whether the police entered the office.
For months, Twitter has locked in horns with the Indian government. Company in February refused censorship Although instructed by the Government of India to do so, tweets belonging to journalists, activists and politicians in the country threats From the Ministry of IT to imprison Twitter officials for not separating the government line.
Government of India in late February opened: new regulations to give more power to social media companies. On Friday, it issued a decree asking it to take content from platforms related to the “Indian version” of the coronavirus. by: To Reuters.