Indian police visit Twitter after it labels a tweet from Narendra Modi’s party
The tweet was posted May 18 by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. It included a picture of a document that he said was created by the country’s main opposition party, the Indian National Congress. The picture listed tips on how to discredit Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Twitter labeled the tweet as “manipulated media” on Friday. On its website, the social media company says that it “may label Tweets that include media (videos, audio, and images) that have been deceptively altered or fabricated.”
Delhi police issued a notice to Twitter India’s managing director, Manish Maheshwari, that same day, stating that a “preliminary inquiry” was being conducted into the document that Patra attributed to the Congress party. In a statement Monday, police confirmed the visit to Twitter’s offices, adding that the move was “part of a routine process.”
“This was necessitated as we wanted to ascertain who is the right person to serve a notice,” the police said, adding that “replies” from Maheshwari “have been very ambiguous.”
Twitter did not respond to requests for comment from CNN Business. Twitter does not share user numbers, but according to India, the platform has 17.5 million users in the country.
The rules require any social media company to create three roles: a “compliance officer” who will ensure the platform follows local laws; a “grievance officer” who will address complaints from Indian users; and a “contact person” available to Indian law enforcement 24 hours a day.
It’s not clear whether Twitter has filled those roles yet.