Delhi Police visited Twitter India amid the Congress toolkit controversy: A team of Delhi Police visited Twitter India office in Delhi, Gurugram regarding the earlier response of notices given to them. The team raided Twitter ‘s offices in Lado Sarai and Gurugram.
The Police took this action two days after the central government raised an objection on marking “manipulated media” on tweet of a spokeperson of their when he tweeted something related to Congress toolkit. Sambit Patra, a spokeperson of Bhartiya Janta Party tweeted “Friends look at the #CongressToolKit in extending help to the needy during the Pandemic! More of a PR exercise with the help of “Friendly Journalists” & “Influencers” than a soulful endeavour. Read for yourselves the agenda of the Congress“
After the toolkit controversy, some spokeperson of Bhartiya Janta Party started criticizing Congress for the content of toolkit which was primarily to defame Modi and defame India. BJP claims that Congress was circulating the toolkit to others as a guide or an advisory that how others should defame prime minister Narendra Modi. The viral toolkit was asking Congress supporters for defaming India and Modi by using the terms “Indian strain” and “Modi Strain“. The toolkit was also suggesting to keep blaming Kumbh Mela as the main spreader of Corona. It urged Congress supporters to keep spreading the term super spreader Kumbh.
As per some sources, the government has asked this social media giant to remove “manipulated media” tag from the post, claiming that it is not acceptable to pass any kind of judgement in the matter which is still under investigation. Twitter labelled the tweet of Sambit Patra as manipulated media and also continued that this may label Tweets that include media (videos, audio, and images) that have been deceptively altered or fabricated on May 21.
As per the government, the raiding of Twitter offices by Delhi Police was required as Police wants to ensure that who was the right person to serve notice to, as replies by MD of Twitter were ambiguous. Delhi Police PRO Chimnoy Biswal also agreed and said that “it appears that Twitter has some information that is not known to the police. This information is relevant to the inquiry“.
He further added, “it appears that Twitter has some information which is not known to us on the basis of which they have classified it (Patra’s tweet) as such. This information is relevant to the inquiry. The Special Cell, which is conducting the inquiry, wants to find out the truth. Twitter, which has claimed to know the underlying truth, should clarify“
However Congress is declining these allegations and is claiming that the toolkit which is said to be prepared by Congress is fake. It is blaming the opposite parties saying that they are trying to defame us. This is also a major reason of the controversy as it is appearing that Twitter is supporting the stand of Congress even before the investigation is completed. A lot of Congress supporters also lodged many fir complaints against few politicians of BJP including BJP chief JP Nadda, Smriti Irani and general secretary of BJP. A unit of Congress student’s wing NSUI also lodged complaint against Sambit Patra and few other BJP officials.