Former president of Indian National Congress , Rahul Gandhi’s twitter account was temporarily suspended after he posted a picture of himself meeting the parent’s of a 9 year old rape victim from Delhi and revealing family’s identity. Other social media platform like Facebook too asked Gandhi to remove post from Instagram. Accounts of many other congress leaders and Congress’ official handle were temporarily suspended which were later unlocked after a week when Gandhi reportedly submitted a formal consent from the victim’s family.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights filed a complain against Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders to Twitter and Delhi Police stating that the tweet violated the law related to a victim’s privacy.
The Congress leader accused Twitter of interfering in India’s political process. In a video statement, Gandhi said that this act is not an attack on him or his party but an attack on the democratic structure of the country. He further said that this incidence clarifies that Twitter is not a neutral platform, it is a biased platform and it is controlled by the government of the day. “By shutting down my Twitter handle, they are interfering in our political process” said the Congress leader.
On the other hand Twitter refuted all the allegations and stated that it enforces its rules judiciously and impartially.
Continuing the same matter, in a recent incident a congress leader GV Sri Raj, son of former MP GV Harsha Kumar from Andhra Pradesh can be seen protesting in an uncanny manner. He was seen frying the “twitter bird”, a dead quail as a symbol of protest. Further plan includes sending the fried twitter bird to the Twitter Headquarters. In the viral video he explained his motive behind his actions. He said, this indicates that Twitter is a “dead bird” and is acting at the behest of the Indian Government and primarily the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
33-year-old Sri Raj, a graduate from the London School of Economics, alleged that Congress leaders’ tweets are not being promoted by the platform as much as the BJP’s tweets are.
“The Congress’ internal social media analysis shows that their party leaders’ tweets are losing their reach on Twitter. BJP has strong Whatsapp groups in every state. As soon as our party is posting something, those tweets are being sent to these groups and their supporters are reporting our tweets as spam which is cutting down our reach,” stated Sri Raj, who is part of the party’s internal strategy team.