On Monday, a team of special cell agents, an elite branch of the police tasked with investigating terrorism and organized crime in New Delhi, went down to Twitter offices in the city to “notify- ho “at the head of Twitter in India. . Police also tried to enter a Twitter office in Gurugram, a location that has been permanently closed, a Twitter spokesman told BuzzFeed News.
The move came three days after Twitter put a label of “manipulated media” on the tweets of half a dozen members of India’s ruling party, Bharatiya Janata, in which they had accused the Indian National Congress, the main opposition party, of damaging Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his treatment of the second wave of coronavirus pandemic of India.
In an image circulating by members, they claimed that the Indian National Congress was giving special medical favors to journalists affected by the pandemic, among other things. AltNews, an Indian data verification website, Found that the image was forged. (Congress has also filed a police complaint against Sambit Patra, the BJP spokesman who initially shared the image.) On Friday, India’s IT ministry sent a letter to the company asking you to remove the labels. Twitter no.
A Twitter spokesman declined to comment.
Several Delhi Police spokespersons did not respond to requests for comment. But law enforcement sources told BuzzFeed News that they went to the Twitter office to send a notice to Twitter as part of a “routine process” after receiving “ambiguous responses” from the Twitter managing director, Maheshwari manish.
In videos of the police action seen by BuzzFeed News, officials walk to the receptionist in the lobby of the New Delhi building that houses the Indian headquarters on Twitter and ask security officers to locate the office. It is unclear whether police entered the office.
For months, Twitter has closed its horns with the Indian government. In February, the company refused to censor tweets belonging to journalists, activists and politicians of the country despite being ordered by the government of India, and despite this threats from the IT ministry to the prison of Twitter officials for failing to tow the government line.
In late February, the government of India awakened new regulations to assume greater power over social media companies. On Friday it issued an order asking platforms to remove content that referred to an “Indian variant” of the coronavirus, seconds and Reuters.
This is a developing story.