Twitter flagged a post by Indian politician T. Raja Singh for violating his guidelines after theinformationsuperhighway asked the social giant about the three-year-old questionable tweet.
In a video tweet, Singh urged Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and other citizens of the country to remove Muslim immigrants from Rohingya, including those who "support terrorism", from the nation as he feared they would be "a headache for the nation." Nation "would become. in the future. "#Deport RohingyaMuslims," he tweeted.
Singh, who belongs to the ruling Bharatiya Janata party in India and has made hateful speeches in public in the past, also urged his followers to make his tweet "viral" on the platform so that every "Hindu and (other) Indians" would like it sees. He did not respond to a request for comment.
It's a similar message that Singh also posted on Facebook: This ultimately led to the Menlo Park-headquartered company banning him permanently from the platform.
Facebook has received some of the toughest setbacks it has seen in the country, in part because of its initial inaction on Singh's posts. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that a top Facebook executive in India had decided not to take action on Singh's posts, fearing it could hurt the company's business prospects in the country.
In a statement to theinformationsuperhighway, a Twitter spokesperson said that Singh's tweet was "traded" for violating his policy on hateful behavior.
“Twitter has a zero tolerance policy for addressing threats of violence, abuse and harassment, and hateful behavior. If we identify accounts that violate these rules, we take enforcement action, ”the spokesman added.
A September 13 tweet that Singh retweeted from his account displays a warning message from Twitter stating that his account has been banned from the aforementioned tweet. Singh has posted several tweets since Sept. 13, suggesting the matter has been resolved. The above tweet still shows that it is breaking Twitter rules.
The slow response from Twitter and Facebook, both of which consider India a major market, shows that their content moderation efforts are unsuccessful in the world's second largest market.
Twitter, which had about 70 million monthly active users on its official app in India last month (according to App Annie, a mobile intelligence company whose data an industry executive shared with theinformationsuperhighway), has been particularly slow in the country in India – it has been did not respond to take action despite reports from users.
In January India's ruling party was accused of running a misleading Twitter campaign to gain support for a controversial law – nothing new for Twitter in India – but the company never responded to questions. A month earlier, the snowfall in Kashmir, a highly sensitive region that has not had an internet connection for months, began to trend on Twitter in the US. He mysteriously disappeared after many journalists questioned how he made it on the list.
A Twitter spokesperson in India referred theinformationsuperhighway to an FAQ article explaining how trending topics work. Nothing in the FAQ article addressed the question.