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Twitter Removes and Restores Verified Badges of RSS Head Bhagwat and Vice President Naidu | India News

NEW DELHI: Twitter removed and restored the verified credentials of RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and three other senior officials on Saturday, shortly after the microblogging site restored Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s verified credential.
The sarsanghchalak RSS is followed by 214k people and only the verified identifier of the RSS follows. So far you have not posted any tweets or retweets from your username. Bhagwat’s account remained unverified for a few hours between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Previously, Twitter had removed the verified badge of four senior RSS officials: Krishna Gopal @KGopalRSS (40.7k followers), Arun Kumar @ArunKumRSS (36.1k), Suresh Soni @ SureshSoni1925 (34.1k followers), Suresh Joshi @SureshBJoshi (50.3 k followers). A source on Twitter said the reason for the loss of verified credentials for these accounts was “inactivity.”

Twitter Removes and Restores Verified Badges of RSS Head Bhagwat and Vice President Naidu | India News

On Saturday, the accounts of three of these officials, Joshi, Gopal and Kumar, were re-verified. Mohan Bhagwat and #BlueTick were also two of the top 30 trends on Twitter with over 14.4 and 11k tweets around 3.30pm.
A look at the timelines of these identifiers shows that Suresh Joshi has never posted anything from his identifier. Arun Kumar and Suresh Soni started retweeting content from the official verified RSS feed on Saturday, but they only have two posts on their timelines. Gopal has a total of five on his account, with two of them posted on Saturday.
The blue mark that can be seen next to some Twitter account identifiers are verified badges provided by the platform to notable personalities of different professions.
By late Friday, Twitter had revoked Naidu’s verified badge of personal identifier @MVekaiahNaidu, prompting an outcry. The microblogging platform restored the blue mark early Saturday after the outrage.
The identifier is followed by more than 1.3 million people, and last tweeted on July 23, 2020. The official account of the Naidu vice president (@VPSecretariat) was not affected. Naidu tweets regularly from his official username and has over 933k followers.
According to Twitter, Naidu’s verification was revoked for “inactivity.” Twitter rules state that the account holder must make sure to log in once at least every 6 months for the account to remain active.
The company’s verified accounts policy also explains that accounts can automatically lose their verified status if they change their username, become inactive or incomplete, and if they repeatedly violate Twitter rules. A full Twitter account is defined as one that includes a “verified email address or phone number, profile photo, and display name.”
Meanwhile, cartoonist Manjul Jain received an email from the microblogging site reporting that some of its content violated Indian law. Twitter notified the cartoonist, who has criticized the mismanagement of the Covid-19 Crisis Center, that the government was seeking action against his profile rather than the tweets he had posted.
“We have not taken any action on the content reported [@Manjultoons] at this time as a result of this request, ”Twitter said in an email to Manjul. “Jai ho Modi ji ki sarkaar ki [Hail the Modi government]”Manjul wrote on Twitter, while sharing the email. He added that it would have been better if the government had told him which of his tweets were objectionable.

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