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BJP’s Vinay Sahasrabuddhe Claims Social Media Giant’s Conduct Has Exposed Its ‘Selective’ Approach
NEW DELHI: BJPIt appears that the confrontation with Twitter will intensify, as party leaders accuse the microblogging platform of prejudice against their party and call on the government to take action against it.
Except for Twitter labeling his tweets and those posted by his colleagues as “manipulated media,” senior BJP official Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said the social media giant’s conduct was biased and has exposed its “selective” approach. and asked the government to analyze the question of whether it is a social media platform or a media outlet.
“The action taken by Twitter against us raises questions about the very nature of social networks, since they had previously claimed that they are just a platform on which people can freely express their views. If Twitter or, for that matter, Facebook, are just platforms that they claim to be, how can they decide the nature of a content? “asked the deputy of Rajya Sabha, adding that Twitter’s action against BJP shows that they are considered media.” If so, they should be included in the scope of the editorial policy rules in force in the IED in the media sector, ”he said.
Sahasrabuddhe’s attack on Twitter came amid indications that the government is still awaiting a formal response from Twitter for tagging BJP’s tweets accusing Congress to design a campaign against Modi government when the matter was being investigated by the police. With Twitter unfazed by the IT ministry seeking an explanation for them, moving on to label more BJP tweets as “rigged media,” the saffron ranks expected action against Twitter.
Sahasrabuddhe said the government should analyze the discrepancy between its claim to be a platform and its actual conduct as a media outlet with discretion to determine and dictate the nature of the content.
“We had raised the issue even in parliamentary panels that it was time for the government to review the functioning of social media platforms. Personally, I think the issue has become more relevant due to its persistent bias and needs to be investigated, ”he said.
On Friday, Twitter extended its “manipulated media” tag to the tweets of five other BJP members, hours after it singled out the BJP spokesperson. Sambit Patraabout a supposed Congressional toolbox in the same category.
Tweets posted by verified accounts of Sahasrabuddhe, BJP (Mahila Morcha) responsible for national social media Priti Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh co-head Sunil Deodhar, BJP media panelist Charu Pragya and Delhi BJP Secretary General Kuljeet Singh Chahal were labeled as manipulated.
Chahal said that Twitter’s action is in direct defiance of the country’s law, as they acted as judges and passed judgment. “My question is who will decide what is right and what is wrong? Government of India or Twitter? “He questioned and stated that no one can replace the authority of the Indian judicial system.
On Friday, the IT ministry had voiced its objections to Twitter’s action, saying: “Such moderation of content by Twitter puts a question mark on its status as an ‘intermediary’.” Congress had filed complaints against various BJP leaders for distributing a four-page “toolkit”. BJP had claimed that the opposition party named the variant of the coronavirus found in India as the “Modi variant” and attempted to smear the Prime Minister. Narendra modi.