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Ghaziabad police registers FIR against Twitter, few journalists and Congress leaders for trying to spread communal unrest

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Ghaziabad: The Uttar Pradesh Police has filed an FIR against Twitter and a few journalists and Congress leaders in connection with an elderly Muslim man who was assaulted in Ghaziabad and whose video with a fake narrative aimed at creating communal divide was put in the public domain and it went viral on social media.

A Samajwadi Party leader, prominently figures in this controversial video.

The FIR was lodged at the Loni Border police station of Ghaziabad district on Tuesday forenoon on a complaint lodged by a police officer, who has alleged that the video was shared with the ulterior motive of inciting communal unrest.

The FIR has been filed by at the Loni Police station against The Wire, Rana Ayyub, Mohammad Zubair, Dr Shama Mohammed, Saba Naqvi, Maskoor Usmani, Slaman Nizami. The allegation against them is that without verifying the video they gave a communal the fact, started giving communal colour to the incident on Twitter.

On investigation by the Ghaziabad Police into the video of assault and beating up of the elderly man that went viral on social media, it was found that the elderly man, Abdul Samad, had come to Behta, Loni border from Bulandshahr on 5 June. From there, along with another person, he went to the residence of the main accused Parvesh Gujar at Banthla, Loni. After some time other boys Kallu, Arif, Adil and Mushahid came to Parvesh’s house and started beating him along with Parvesh. According to the accused, Abdul Samad makes amulets, and their families were adversely affected by the amulets given by him. Because of this they had beaten him up. Abdul Samad was already known to Pravesh, Adil Kallu and others as amulets had been given by Abdul Samad to many people in the village. In this case, the main accused Parvesh Gujjar was the first to be arrested. On June 14, the other two accused Kallu and Adil also were arrested. Ghaziabad Police is investigating all angles and probing who all were behind concocting the fake video to create communal divide.

Even after the UP Police had ruled out any communal angle and had said Abdul Samad was attacked by six men – Hindus and Muslims – who were unhappy over the amulets he had sold them, NDTV quoted the UP police and at the same time gave communal colour to the incident by publishing the following:

“An elderly Muslim man was assaulted in Loni in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on June 5 while on his way to a mosque to offer prayers.The attackers allegedly abducted Abdul Samad from an autorickshaw and dragged him to a hut in a nearby forested area, where they reportedly shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’, which they forced him to shout as well, as they punched and beat him with wooden sticks.”

Further the NDTV report said: “They reportedly also accused Mr Samad of being a Pakistani spy.One of the attackers – a young man wearing a white full-sleeve T-shirt and blue sweatpants – also threatened Mr Samad with a knife that he used to forcibly hack away at his beard.A video of the vile incident, in which Mr Samad can be seen pleading with his attackers, has been circulated online.The video shows at least two other young men attacking Mr Samad – one wearing a black shirt and red trousers, and another in a light-blue T-shirt and grey trousers.” I WAS ON MY WAY WHEN I WAS OFFERED A LIFT. TWO MORE MEN THEN GOT INSIDE (THE AUTO RICKSHAW) AND TOLD ME TO STAY. THEN THEY TOOK ME TO A ROOM AND LOCKED ME UP AND THRASHED ME. THEY FORCED ME TO CHANT SLOGANS… THEY TOOK MY MOBILE AWAY… THEY GOT A KNIFE AND CUT MY BEARD,” A VISIBLY TRAUMATISED MR SAMAD, WHO WAS REDUCED TO TEARS, SAID.” They even showed me a video of other Muslims being attacked,” he said, adding his attackers had boasted to him that they had killed many Muslims before.

Government of India condemns statement by Twitter; tells the social network giant to comply with the laws of the land

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New Delhi: The Government of India on Thursday 27 May condemned a statement released in the public domain by Twitter in the strongest terms.

Countering Twitter and its claims, the Government of India issued a statement which said “India has a glorious tradition of free speech and democratic practices dating back centuries. Protecting free speech in India is not the prerogative of only a private, for-profit, foreign entity like Twitter, but it is the commitment of the world’s largest democracy and its robust institutions.”

Further, Government of India has stated:

“Twitter’s statement is an attempt to dictate its terms to the world’s largest democracy. Through its actions and deliberate defiance, Twitter seeks to undermine India’s legal system. Furthermore, Twitter refuses to comply with those very regulations in the Intermediary Guidelines on the basis of which it is claiming a safe harbour protection from any criminal liability in India.

The larger question is, if Twitter is so committed then why it did not set up such a mechanism in India on its own?Twitter representatives in India routinely claim that they have no authority and that they and the people of India need to escalate everything to the Twitter Headquarter in USA. The purported commitment of Twitter, to its Indian user base, thus not only sounds hollow but completely self-serving.

Twitter has a large user base in India, it earns significant revenue from its Indian operations but is also the most reluctant to appoint an India based grievance redressal officer and mechanism, chief compliance officer and nodal officer to whom its own users can complain, when they are subjected to offensive Tweets.

The Rules empower the ordinary users who become victims of defamation, morphed images, sexual abuse and the whole range of other abusive content in blatant violation of law, to seek redress.

These Rules were finalized after widest possible consultations including with representatives of social media platforms. Ministry of Electronics and IT put the draft Rules in public domain and invited public comments. The Ministry received large number of comments from individuals, civil society, industry associations and organizations. A significant number of counter comments to these comments were also received. There are also various judicial orders by various courts including the Supreme Court of India directing the Government to take appropriate steps. There are also several Parliamentary debates and recommendations to take appropriate measures.

Freedom of Speech and Expression is a Fundamental Right under the Indian Constitution. The Government of India respects the right of people to ask questions and also criticize on these social media platforms including on Twitter. The Government equally respects the right of privacy. However, the only instance  of scuttling free speech on Twitter is Twitter itself and its opaque policies, as a result of which people’s accounts are suspended and tweets deleted arbitrarily without recourse.

Twitter needs to stop beating around the bush and comply with the laws of the land. Law making and policy formulations is the sole prerogative of the sovereign and Twitter is just a social media platform and it has no locus in dictating what should India’s legal policy framework should be.

Twitter has claimed that it is committed to the people of India. Ironically, this commitment of Twitter has been most invisible in recent times. It is pertinent to share some recent examples:

  • Twitter chose to show the geo-location of certain locations in Union Territory of Ladakh as part of People’s Republic of China at a time when India and China were engaged in peaceful resolution of border related issues through bilateral dialogue. Twitter took several days, that too only after repeated reminders, to rectify this blatant disrespect to India’s sensitivity and territorial integrity.
  • Twitter chose to take suo-moto action against those users who it considered as perpetrators of violence at the Capitol Hill in the USA. But, just a few days after the unlawful incidents on Red Fort in Delhi, Twitter refused to take prompt action on the lawful request made by the Government of India to block contents that sought to incite violence on the pretext of a fake genocide plan. Later, it chose to comply, that too partially, .when the damage had been done.
  • Twitter’s lack of responsibility has led to rampant proliferation of fake and harmful content against India and Indians. Promoting vaccine hesitancy has been rampantly done through the use of Twitter platform and yet Twitter has taken no action. Is this commitment to the people of India?
  • Discriminatory behavior has been practiced against Indiansand people of Indian origin because of malicious tagging of B.1.617 mutant as ‘Indian variant’ name despite strict WHO guidelines against it. Again, Twitter has taken no action against such fake narratives and Tweets while grandiosely claiming to serve the people of India.

Twitter Inc., a USA based private company, in its communique says that it seeks “constructive dialogue”, “collaborative approach” from the government of a sovereign democratic republic to “safeguard interests of the public”. It is time that Twitter disabuses itself of this grandiosity and comply with the laws of India. 

The Government also wishes to emphatically assure that representatives of social media companies including Twitter are and will always remain safe in India and there is no threat to their personal safety and security.

Government condemns the unfortunate statement issued by Twitter as totally baseless, false and an attempt to defame India to hide their own follies.

The Delhi Police has also issued a detailed press release, pertaining to an ongoing investigation, which answer the completely baseless allegations raised by Twitter.”

Tweet by Twitter India

Twitter India earlier on Thursday tweeted that in order to keep their service available, they will strive to comply with applicable law in India.

Further, they said: “Twitter is deeply committed to the people of India. Our service has proven vital for the public conversation and a source of support for people during the pandemic.”

Newsroom24x7 Editor abandons Twitter for backing anti-India propaganda

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Bhopal: Lalit Shastri, Editor-in-Chief of Newsroom24x7 on Wednesday 3 February 2021 deactivated his twitter account protesting against twitter’s failure to block accounts or flag posts by a vested group trying to malign India’s image on the issue of farmers’ protest without bothering to stick to facts.

Even Newsroom24x7 – the popular news portal with a global following – has deactivated its Twitter handle.

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Twitter, twitter everywhere….what to read what not to read

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Manmohan Bahadur, Additional Director General, Centre for Air Power Studies, Delhi, who retired as Air Vice Marshal of IAF, and has been an ace helicopter pilot, UN soldier and dabbles in Security and strategic issues, has expressed surprise over an opinion column published by ThePrint questioning Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, the new Chief of Air Staff, who claimed at a press conference that Indian Air Force would now “throw its entire weight behind the fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA)”.

In a Saturday night tweet, Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd) has taken a dig at ThePrint and said “So surprising to read a ‘technical’ assessment being addressed to an Experimental Test Pilot, Cat-A flying instructor, Project pilot Tejas, ex-ASTE (IAF’s Flight Test Establishmnt) and ex-Dy Chief who looked after procurement.” He has gone on to add: “May be
ThePrint could have checked with someone knowledgeable.

This tweet comes in response to another tweet by senior editor and journalist Shekhar Gupta relying completely on ThePrint and blowing up the quote: ‘Air Chief Bhadauria’s focus on homegrown AMCA shows IAF learnt nothing from Tejas failure’.

The pointer by Manmohan Bahadur shows that journalism is becoming a casualty not only due to ill-trained players entering the field but also due to the casual attitude of the seniors who, at times, instead of dealing with news give in to the shallow incentive of themselves remaining in news. This leaves nothing for the new breed of journalists to look forward to or to emulate.