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“Congress Toolkit” Case: Twitter India Head Questioned By Police Last Month, Say Sources

Managing Director of Twitter in India- Manish Maheshwari- was questioned by a team of the Delhi Police Special Cell in Bengaluru on May 31.

According to sources, the Delhi Police last month questioned Twitter India’s chief in the case involving an alleged “Congress toolkit”. Managing Director of Twitter in India- Manish Maheshwari- was questioned by a team of the Delhi Police Special Cell in Bengaluru on May 31.

This development had come just a week after the Delhi police teams visited Twitter’s offices in Delhi and Gurgaon to follow up on two notices over BJP leader Sambit Patra’s tweet on an alleged “Congress toolkit” being marked as “manipulated media”.

They went to Twitter India’s offices to hand a third notice after finding the replies of the Managing Director “ambiguous”, the police had said. The popular micro-blogging website was asked to explain why BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra’s tweet on May 18, which had screenshots of what he called a “Congress toolkit” aimed at discrediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government’s handling of Covid, were labelled “manipulated media”.

Twitter had given the tag on Patra’s tweet after the Congress wrote to Twitter saying the alleged “toolkit” was fake and that it had filed FIRs against BJP leaders who had tweeted the documents. Fact-checking website AltNews had also compared the documents provided to them by the Congress and those shared as “toolkit” by the BJP letters. It found out that those shared by the BJP leaders were not part of the Congress’ actual document.

A police team, seven days after the visit to Twitter offices in the national capital, travelled to Bengaluru to question Mr Maheshwari.

 

 

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