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Congress alleges Twitter locked party’s official handle

A day after Congress alleged that Twitter handles of five senior leaders were locked, now the party makes a fresh allegation claiming that the social media giant locked the official handle of the grand old party.

Earlier on Wednesday, Congress said that the microblogging site, Twitter has temporarily locked the accounts of the party’s official spokesperson Randeep Surejwala, AICC general secretary Ajay Maken, president of Mahila Congress Sushmita Dev, Assam in-charge Jitendra Singh, and party’s whip in the lower house Manickam Tagore. These developments come after Twitter deleted a tweet from the account of Wayanad MP, Rahul Gandhi’s account and even temporarily suspended his account.

The firm informed the Delhi High Court that it ‘locked’ Gandhi’s account because it violated their policy by posting private information. Gandhi had tweeted photographs of family members of a minor girl who was allegedly raped and murdered in the National Capital.

Earlier, The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights took cognizance of Mr Gandhi’s tweet and directed Twitter to take strict action against his account as it violated the privacy of a minor victim.

Hitting out at the center, Congress accused Twitter of adopting ‘double standards’ and violating the right of freedom of expression. The party went ahead and alleged that all this was done under the diktat of the Modi government. The action by the social media giant was strongly condemned at a meeting of the party’s general secretaries where the leaders decided to rake up the issue at different levels.

Party’s Karnataka in-charge and AICC general secretary, KC Venugopal said in a statement that “The double standard of Twitter is very obvious as statutory commissions, BJP leaders and those occupying statutory offices had put up similar pictures on Twitter two days before Rahulji’s visit but no action was taken against them.”

With Rahul Gandhi’s account temporarily suspended, handles of senior leaders temporarily locked and now after the party alleges that the microblogging site has locked Congress party's official account (@INCIndia), this issue will only flare-up.

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