Delhi police raid Twitter office

The Delhi Police finally raided the Twitter India office in Lado Sarai, Delhi, and Gurgaon after sending a notice to it over a “manipulated media” tag used on tweets alleging a Congress “toolkit” against the Central government.

Further details into the matter are awaited. Earlier in the day, Delhi Police sent a notice to Twitter, seeking an explanation from the microblogging site on what grounds it tagged BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra’s tweet on the alleged Congress toolkit designed to target the Central government as `manipulated media.`

The Delhi Police Special Cell asked Twitter to explain the rationale and share all the information on how it described the toolkit as manipulated media.

“The Delhi Police is enquiring into a complaint in which clarification is sought from Twitter on the grouping of a tweet by Sambit Patra as `manipulative.` It appears that Twitter has some information that is not known to us based on which they have classified it as such,” the Police said in the notice sent to Twitter.

“The particulars are relevant to the inquiry. The Special Cell, which is overseeing the inquiry, wants to find out the truth. Twitter, which has claimed to know the cardinal truth, should elucidate,” the notice added.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had earlier written to Twitter opposing it from tagging some of the posts on an apparent Congress “toolkit” against the Central government as “manipulated media.”

The ministry asked Twitter to remove the tag as the matter is pending investigation before a law enforcement body. The BJP, on May 18, slammed Congress for an alleged “toolkit on COVID-19 pandemic”.

Addressing the media, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra claimed that the toolkit has specific instructions for the social media volunteers of Congress to call the new COVID-19 mutant the “Indian strain” or “Modi strain” against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) instructions.

However, Congress denied the allegations and wrote to the Delhi Police Commissioner seeking the registration of a First Information Report against BJP President JP Nadda, Union Minister Smriti Irani, party spokesperson Sambit Patra, party leader BL Santhosh and others for alleging that they had shared “false and fabricated documents with the intent to build communal disharmony and civil unrest” and to “divert attention from Modi government’s failure in providing necessary aid to people amidst the current pandemic.”

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