Police in Delhi took down the country’s Twitter headquarters


On Monday, a team of officers from the Special Cell, the elite branch of the police responsible for investigating terrorism and organized crime in New Delhi, took to Twitter offices in the city to “send a notice” to the head of Twitter in India. . The police also tried to enter The Twitter office at Gurugram, A site that has been permanently shut down, a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

The move came three days after Twitter placed the “tampered media” tag on Tweets Of the six members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in India, as they accused the Indian National Congress, the main opposition party, of plotting to harm Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his handling of the second wave of the Corona virus pandemic in India.

In the photo distributed by the members, they claimed that the Indian National Congress was providing special medical services to journalists affected by the pandemic, among other things. AltNews, an Indian fact-checking website, have found The image is fake. (Congress has also filed a police complaint against Sampit Patra, the BJP spokesperson who initially shared the photo.) I sent a message The company is asking it to remove the stickers. Twitter didn’t do that.

A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.

Several Delhi Police spokespersons did not respond to requests for comment. But sources within the law enforcement agency told BuzzFeed News that they went to the Twitter office to send a notification to Twitter as part of a “routine operation”, after they received “vague responses” from the director of Twitter India, Manish Maheshwari.

In police action videos seen by BuzzFeed News, officials walk to the receptionist in the foyer of the New Delhi building that houses Twitter’s headquarters in India and ask security guards for the location of the office. It is not clear if the police entered the office.

For months, Twitter shut down the Indian government. In February, the company Censorship refused Tweets by journalists, activists and politicians in the country despite the Indian government’s orders to do so, and in spite of that Threats From the Ministry of Information Technology to jailing Twitter officials for not imitating the government’s line.

At the end of February, the government of India reveal New regulations to take more power over social media companies. On Friday, I issued an order asking the platforms to remove content that refers to the “Indian variant” of the Coronavirus, Depending To Reuters.

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