Earlier on Tuesday BJP IT Head Amit Malviya’s tweet was tagged as ‘manipulated media’ by Twitter. Amit Malviya’s tweet concerned the recent farmer’s protest in India. Twitter red flags all the content if they are “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated, if they shared in a deceptive manner, or if they are likely to impact public safety or cause harm.” The micro-blogging platform deletes a tweet if it meets two or more of the previously mentioned criteria.
This is the first instance that has happened in India that a tweet has been red-flagged. Amit Malviya is the national head of the information and technology department of the national political party BJP.
The tweet was posted on 28th November and was related to the ongoing farmer’s protest. Amit Malviya was ‘counter-attacking’ Congress’s Rahul Gandhi’s tweet about police brutality against the farmers. Amit Malviya had tweeted a video to claim that the farmers were not actually beaten up but were just threatened.
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) November 28, 2020
A Twitter spokesperson said, “The referenced Tweet was labeled based on our Synthetic and Manipulated Media Policy.” Manipulated Media was also one of the top trends in India on Tuesday.
Rahul Gandhi had tweeted a picture of a farmer who was brutally being beaten up by a man in a paramilitary uniform. He captioned the post, “This is an extremely unfortunate photo. Our slogan used to be ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’. But today, the Prime Minister’s arrogance has made the jawans stand against the kisans.”
बड़ी ही दुखद फ़ोटो है। हमारा नारा तो ‘जय जवान जय किसान’ का था लेकिन आज PM मोदी के अहंकार ने जवान को किसान के ख़िलाफ़ खड़ा कर दिया।
यह बहुत ख़तरनाक है। pic.twitter.com/1pArTEECsU
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 28, 2020
Whereas, Amit Malviya responded to Rahul Gandhi's tweet by posting two parallel videos titled ‘Propaganda’ and ‘Reality.’ The video was fifteen seconds long and claimed that the security personnel did not even dare to touch the farmer. He wrote, “Rahul Gandhi must be the most discredited opposition leader India has seen in a long time.”