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“Manipulated Media”: In A First, Twitter Flags BJP’s Amit Malviya’s Tweet

The tweet labelled by Twitter was a response by Mr Malviya to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, where he had posted a picture of policemen lathi-charging a protesting farmer. 

During the US-elections held recently, Twitter had introduced the labelling of tweets in order to control the spread of fake news. President Donald Trump’s number of tweets were labelled by Twitter after he refused to concede his loss and continued to post misleading tweets on the micro-blogging site.

For the first time in India, Twitter has flagged any politician’s tweet. In a new development, Twitter flagged BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya’s tweet, calling it “manipulated media”. The tweet labelled by Twitter was a response by Mr Malviya to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, where he had posted a picture of policemen lathi-charging a protesting farmer.

Malviya, replying to the same, compared the photo with allegedly a video from the spot, claiming ‘police didn’t even touch the farmer’.

The action by Twitter comes amid repeated calls by users to implement the same policy in India which was implemented in the US during elections.

 

 

 

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