Congress slams Twitter, claims hypocrisy after handles of 5 senior leaders are suspended
The Congress leaders whose accounts have reportedly been temporarily blocked include AICC general secretary Ajay Maken, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev, Assam in-charge Jitendra Singh and the party's whip in Lok Sabha, Manickam Tagore.
The Congress party has claimed that accounts of five senior leaders, including party's media head Randeep Surjewala, were suspended by Twitter temporarily. This, just days after Twitter blocked access for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Other Congress leaders whose accounts have reportedly been temporarily blocked include AICC general secretary Ajay Maken, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev, Assam in-charge Jitendra Singh and the party's whip in Lok Sabha, Manickam Tagore.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to lash out at the micro-blogging platform's 'double standards'.
Stating that the rape, murder and hasty cremation of a 9-year-old Dalit girl had shocked the nation's conscience, Tharoor said what was really needed was expeditious action, "not against Rahul Gandhi for a technical violation of law, but against those who were complicit in this human tragedy."
"The perception of double standards makes matters worse. When a BJP national spokesman posted a picture of the Hathras rape victim (violating Section 228A of the Indian Penal Code), Twitter did not lock his account. SC Commission posted a photo of the victim's family on August 2; yet no action," the MP from Thiruvananthapuram said.
"Action taken against a prominent Opposition leader raises obvious concerns of selectivity and bias. I urge Twitter to restore Rahul Gandhi's account, review the policy of automatic suspensions and show more sensitivity to public concerns. Focus on what happened to the girl, not a pic!"