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Twitter India MD summoned to Loni border over viral video fake claim

The notice sent by the police claims that Twitter allowed its platform to be misused by a section of people to share the video of the assault and try and spread communal disharmony.

Twitter India MD summoned to Loni border over viral video fake claim-VPN
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Ghaziabad, First Published Jun 18, 2021, 9:14 AM IST
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Police in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad has summoned Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari in the case pertaining to the sharing of a viral video that showed the assault on an elderly person in the Loni area.

The Twitter India MD has been asked to come to the Loni Border police station and record his statement within seven days.

The notice sent by the police claims that Twitter allowed its platform to be misused by a section of people to share the video of the assault and try and spread communal disharmony.

Some prominent personalities claimed on Twitter that the elderly person identified as Abdul Samad Saifi was thrashed, his beard being forcibly cut, and he was forced to chant the 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan. However, investigations so far have ruled out any communal angle. Instead, the Uttar Pradesh cops are probing the case as that of personal enmity.

The police have accused Twitter and Twitter India of not taking any steps to remove the contentious tweets.

On Thursday, a complaint was lodged with Delhi Police against actor Swara Bhaskar and Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari over the same issue. However, a fresh FIR has not been filed yet.

The Ghaziabad Police filed an FIR on Wednesday against Twitter, journalists and two Congress leaders for sharing the video online with an intention to provoke communal unrest. A local Samajwadi Party leader Ummed Pahalwan Idrisi too has been booked for 'spreading communal hatred' on social media.

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