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Twitter red flags Sambit Patra, labels tweet on 'Congress toolkit' as 'manipulated media'

Sambit Patra had taken to micro-blogging Twitter on Tuesday, sharing screenshots of what he claimed were pages of the Congress party's "toolkit" or social media campaign playbook.

Twitter labels Sambit Patra tweet Congress toolkit manipulated media-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published May 21, 2021, 3:37 PM IST
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Twitter has flagged Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra's tweet on the alleged Congress toolkit as manipulated media.

Sambit Patra had taken to micro-blogging Twitter on Tuesday, sharing screenshots of what he claimed were pages of the Congress party's "toolkit" or social media campaign playbook.

He claimed that the toolkit had allegedly been prepared to defame Prime Minister Narendra Modi and run down the country's Coronavirus fightback. 

The BJP leader also alleged that the toolkit was aimed at building a biased narrative of the Indian government's handling of the second wave of Covid-19 and the Central Vista Project.

Sambit's tweets were amplified by other central ministers like Hardeep Singh Puri and Smriti Irani.

The Congress, on the other hand, claimed that the BJP had fabricated the so-called document to defame the opposition party. 

Accusing the BJP of indulging in large-scale dissemination of false information, Congress had threatened to file FIR against BJP leaders for forgery.

The Congress had also complained to Twitter that the screenshots shared by Sambit Patra and other BJP leaders were fake and had demanded that their accounts be permanently suspended.

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