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Twitter labels Malviya’s tweet as “manipulated media” | India News


NEW DELHI: Twitter tagged a tweet by BJP politician Amit Malviya as “manipulated media” on Tuesday, the first such instance in India. He is the national manager of BJP’s information and technology department.
The tweet, dated November 28, was related to ongoing farmer protests in the National Capital Region. Malviya, while “countering” Congressional MP Rahul Gandhi’s tweet about police brutality against farmers, tweeted a video to erroneously claim that farmers were not beaten, but that we are simply “threatened.”

On Tuesday, Twitter applied the tag “manipulated media” to Malviya’s tweet. The microblogging platform applies such tags to any photo, audio or video “that has been altered or deceptively fabricated” to “mislead” people. Previously, Twitter had used this tag extensively in the run-up to the US presidential election, including in Donald Trump’s tweets.
“The Tweet referenced was tagged based on our Synthetic and Manipulated Media policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told TOI on Wednesday. Manipulated media was also one of the top 20 trends in India on Tuesday morning.
Gandhi, while tweeting a photo of a farmer being beaten by a man in a paramilitary uniform, had written: “This is an extremely unfortunate photo. Our catchphrase used to be” Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan. “But today, Prime Minister’s arrogance has made the Jawans oppose the farmers. ”
Malviya had quoted Gandhi’s tweet and countered it with a clip with two parallel videos titled “propaganda and reality.” The 15-second video claimed that security personnel did not even “touch the farmer” (sic). “Rahul Gandhi must be the most discredited opposition leader India has seen in a long, long time,” Malviya wrote. His post had received more than 7k retweets.

According to Twitter, it applies this label to tweets that “result in confusion or misunderstandings or suggest a deliberate intention to mislead people about the nature or origin of the content, for example, by falsely claiming that it represents reality.” Twitter uses its own technology or receives reports through partnerships with third parties to determine and tag the manipulated media. The company came up with this policy in February 2020, but this is the first time in India that it has used this label for a mainstream politician.

Times of India