Toolkit: Twitter, which has claimed to know the underlying truth should clarify, the police have said in a statement.
Delhi Police teams arrived at offices of Twitter this evening after serving notice in connection with a row over the social media site marking BJP leader Sambit Patra’s tweet on a “Congress toolkit” as “manipulated media”.
Police teams went to Twitter’s offices at Gurgaon and at Lado Sarai in south Delhi, seeking a response to their notice. Sources said hardly anyone was at the offices, since most employees are working from home.
“Delhi Police is inquiring into a complaint in which a clarification is sought from Twitter regarding the classification of a tweet by Sambit Patra as ‘manipulative’. It appears that Twitter has some information which is not known to us, on the basis of which they have classified it as such. This information is relevant to the enquiry. Special Cell which is conducting the enquiry wants to find out the truth. Twitter, which has claimed to know the underlying truth, should clarify,” the police said in a statement.
The row involves BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra’s tweet on May 18, shared by several leaders of the ruling party, which had screenshots of what he called a “Congress toolkit” aimed at discrediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government’s handling of Covid. Congress wrote to Twitter saying the alleged “toolkit” was fake and forged letterheads had been used in the screenshots in circulation. The opposition party also said it had filed FIRs against BJP leaders who had shared the documents.
On Thursday evening, Twitter marked Mr Patra’s tweet as “manipulated media”. The next day, the government wrote a stern letter asking Twitter to remove the tag as the “toolkit” was still being investigated.
Today, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell sent notice to Twitter citing a complaint on the alleged ”Congress toolkit” and sought a clarification from the microblogging site for classifying Mr Patra’s tweet as “manipulative”.
But the police has refused to reveal details of the complaint or the complainant.
Screenshots shared by BJP leaders showed documents with the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Research Department letterhead with alleged tips for Congress workers to target the government on Covid. The alleged recommendations included using the phrase “Indian strain” or “Modi strain” for the mutant detected in India, using the term “super-spreader Kumbh” and “not commenting on Eid gatherings”.
The Congress completely denied it and alleged that the documents are forged.