Twitter removes blue tick mark from VP’s account; also of RSS chief

5th June 2021

5th June 2021

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Social media giant Twitter on Saturday removed the blue tick from the personal handle of Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu. The Office of Vice President confirmed the development and said, "Twitter withdraws blue verified badge from personal Twitter handle of Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu.”

Though Naidu’s account was restored later, after a social media outrage, the central government sources have questioned Twitter whether they are directly targeting a constitutional functionary. 

Calling the move “blatant disregard,” the central government sources have questioned Twitter whether they are directly targeting a constitutional functionary.

Meanwhile, Twitter also removed the blue verification badge from the personal account of Rashtriya Swayamsevan Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, besides doing the same with several accounts of a number of RSS leaders. 

Twitter also removed a blue verification tick from the accounts of various Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), including former general secretary Suresh "Bhaiyyaji" Joshi, former joint general secretary Suresh Soni and the current Sampark Pramukh Aniruddha Deshpande and joint secretaries Krishna Gopal and Arun Kumar.

Meanwhile, no clarification has been given by Twitter yet, there are several speculations that the blue tick was taken away due to Vice President Naidu's inactivity on his personal Twitter account. However, there were several other accounts including the deceased leaders remained verified. 

This is not the first time when a senior official associated with the Indian government has to face Twitter's action. Recently, Twitter suspended the official account of Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha without any reason.

Twitter is already engaged in a face-off with the central government over the new IT rules, announced on February 25 this year. The Ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has asked the microblogging company to "stop beating around the bush" and "comply with the laws of the land”.

 

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