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BJP IT Cell Head Post On Farmers’ Protest Tagged As’ Manipulated Media ‘By Twitter

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Twitter on Wednesday flagged as “manipulated media” a 15-second video clip tweeted by Bharatiya Janata Party IT cell chief Amit Malviya, claiming that an elderly farmer had not been attacked by police as congressional leader Rahul alleges. Gandhi in his own tweet accompanying a photograph showing the policeman holding up his lathi at the farmer.

Malviya’s may be the first political tweet to be tagged like this, although HT was unable to determine this independently. Twitter officials were also unable to confirm this.

Malviya did not respond to repeated messages and calls.

Malviya’s tweet with the video, juxtaposed with the photo posted by Gandhi and raising questions about the latter’s credibility, was tagged by the social media company with anyone clicking or touching the “manipulated media” tag that he takes the tweets through fact-checking websites showing that the farmer had indeed been assaulted (but by a different cop and shortly before the farmer passed the one lifting his lathi) and citing him too (the farmer) in this sense.

“The Tweet referenced was tagged in accordance with our Synthetic and Manipulated Media policy. As explained in the policy, to determine whether the media has been altered or manufactured in a meaningful and misleading way, we may use our own technology or receive reports through partnerships with third parties, ”said a Twitter spokesperson.

Others familiar with the matter said that while Twitter does not have a fact-checking policy, it uses its own team and third-party associations to determine whether the media has been tampered with in any significant way.

The video in question was not first posted by Malviya but by a Twitter user named Political Kida.

The video and photograph were filmed on a border in Delhi, where thousands of farmers who have marched from Punjab to the national capital are camped out to protest new agricultural legislation that they say will harm their interests. It dates back to November 28.

Posting the photos on Twitter on November 28, Gandhi tweeted in Hindi that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrogance has turned a farmer against a soldier.” The tweet called this a “dangerous” trend.

The action of Twitter provoked a strong response on the platform itself. While some praised him, others criticized him for targeting Malviya.

Hindustan Times

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