New Delhi: Twitter on Saturday removed the blue tick from the accounts of many big leaders including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat. However, the blue tick was returned after Sangh well-wishers expressed their anger on social media. In the controversy that erupted after the removal of the blue tick badge, Twitter said on Saturday that if the account is incomplete or has not been active for six months, then under the rules, the blue badge is removed automatically.
After this reaction of Twitter, the leaders of the Sangh Parivar cited many such Twitter accounts, which have not been active for several months, but still, the blue tick badge remains on those accounts.
Soon after Bhagwat’s account was de-badged, RSS member Rajeev Tuli said Twitter would have to give a clear reason for removing the blue tick. Tuli said through a video about the de-badged accounts of many senior leaders of the Sangh Parivar that this digital imperialism cannot be tolerated.
‘Inactive accounts not de-badged for months’
Twitter had removed the blue ticks of many big leaders including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The blue badge was not visible on the Twitter handles of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Arun Kumar, Sarkaryavah Suresh Joshi, Saha Sarkaryavah Suresh Soni and Krishnagopal till 4.30 pm on Saturday. Right-wing account holders pointed to several verified accounts which have not been de-badged despite being inactive for months. These include many prominent users including former President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress member Ahmed Patel and actor Irrfan Khan.
‘Twitter supporting Bharat Todo gang’
VHP member Vinod Bansal said that Twitter is behaving like East India Company. On one hand, making a profit from us, but at the same time supporting the Break India gang which is challenging the laws of the country. Bansal said that it (Twitter) removes blue ticks of nationalists but not those who violate it?
Central government warned Twitter
This whole ruckus came at a time when the government has sent a notice to Twitter for not properly implementing the new IT rules introduced by the central government and asked to take immediate action on it. Giving Twitter the last chance to accept the new rules, the government has warned that if it does not follow all the rules, then strict action can be taken against it.