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EXCLUSIVE | #TekFog Part 3:

How did TekFog operators use a network of right wing Twitter accounts to disseminate communally polarising narratives during the #DelhiRiots2020?

The network graph centered @kapilmishra_ind.

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@KapilMishra_IND What is this network?

We created a list with all the Twitter accounts that the source claimed to directly control, as well as all the accounts that were following or being followed by these accounts.

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@KapilMishra_IND Additionally, accounts that tweeted the targeted hashtags were also added to the list, resulting in a set of some 102,000 Twitter accounts.

Around 40,500 accounts were filtered that demonstrated high activity levels while trending hashtags.

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EXCLUSIVE | Tek Fog Part 3

What do the Tablighi Jamaat, the Delhi riots and the harassment of women journalists have in common?

Tek Fog. Here's the third installment of @kaulayush and @onosmosis's report.

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@kaulayush @onosmosis 1. Harassing journos:

Tek Fog appears to have been used particularly effectively against women journalists active on social media whose work or posts run counter to the BJP's official narrative.

How does this 'abuse' feature work?

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@kaulayush @onosmosis The whistleblower explained that first, the app's operators access a database of individuals to identify persons to target.

It includes students, journalists, comedians, film actors, social media influencers, spiritual leaders and others...

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Dear @PreetiChoudhry the guy who just spoke on your show as a "riot victim" has himself admitted that men in a video with guns in their hands were "his boys"
. @SreenivasanJain had investigated riot videos from Brahmpuri and Pandit Shankar Lal Gautam had admitted it was "his boys" in this video, with the laughable claim that they were carrying "water pistols" to protect Hindus from Muslims!
The list of the dead provided by @DelhiPolice in an annexure to the affidavit submitted to the Delhi high court on July 13 establishes that 77% of the civilians killed – 40 out of 52 – were Muslim while the remaining 23%, or 12, were Hindu. Just a reminder
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Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad relies on digital technology used by Delhi police to demonstrate the role of some accused persons as a part of the mob during #DelhiRiots to contest bail before Delhi High Court Image
Delhi High Court on seeing one of the photos, where a crowd is seen, relied upon by the prosecution to identify the accused person, remarks "It is impossible to identify a person from this." #DelhiRiots
SPP: Identification can't be done through naked eyes. It has to be done through software.
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A grim reminder to what we face as a nation ! #ShaheenBagh was initiated just before the first wave hit . Just as the world was hit by a wave of cases we had half of New Delhi blocked by protestors protesting a legitimately passed bill by a democratically elected parliament . 1/n
Global media and their lap dogs in India ensured that it was a celebrated event . Remember the “ Shaheenbhag Dadi “ ?What was forgotten was that the protests were orchestrated and organized with full support of the ruling government in Delhi . This was followed by the violent 2/n
#DelhiRiots2020 . Entire opposition again played with the lives of citizens of Delhi and once again the ruling government MLAs and leaders were found complicit and has been convicted by the courts . No global media highlighted this nor pinned blame . The only person they 3/n
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After the video went viral, Shringi was arrested last night for mercilessly beating Asif for drinking water inside Dasna Devi Mandir. A look at his Fb profile shows he is inspired by hate speeches of Dasna Mandir Mahant Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati. Thread 👇 creadit @zoo_bear ImageImageImage
Here is a video of him with Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati.
A few years ago, Bajrang Dal organised a ‘show of strength’ in Dasna Devi Temple in Ghaziabad, where a dozen people were seen firing guns in the air. The caretaker of Dasna Devi Temple, is Mahant Narsimhanand Saraswati. Do watch full video
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After the video went viral, Shringi Yadav was arrested last night for mercilessly beating Asif for drinking water inside Dasna Devi Mandir. A look at his Facebook profile shows he is inspired by hate speeches of Dasna Mandir Mahant Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati. Thread 👇
Here is a video of him with Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati.
Here are a few facebook posts of Yati Narsinghanand shared by Shringi Yadav. But who's Mahant Yati Narsinghanand?
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Delhi High Court begins hearing a batch of petitions concerning #DelhiRiots of February 2020.

Hearing before Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh.

#DelhiRiots2020
Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves for one of the petitioners: Pleadings are complete. We are ready whenever the court says.

Other Petitioner counsel also say that pleadings are complete.

#DelhiRiots
Petitioner in person Ajay Gautam says he has filed rejoinder, makes submissions.

Court is holding hybrid hearing.

While judges are sitting physically in court room, some advocates are appearing before it virtually.

#DelhiRiots
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Supreme Court to continue hearing today in plea by @Facebook India Head Ajit Mohan challenging Delhi government's Peace & Committee's summons to him in relation to the #DelhiRiots2020.

#SupremeCourt
In the last hearing, the Centre argued through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the Peace and Harmony Committee cannot summon Facebook as it would be entering a domain occupied by the Parliament.

Read more:

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Supreme Court to continue hearing petition filed by @Facebook India chief Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Assembly's Committee in relation to #DelhiRiots2020. Arguments are likely to conclude today
#SupremeCourt @secondatticus
Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta: Adjudication here is of a constitutional question on whether Delhi Assembly will have legislative competence to summon someone for a probe in a subject which is under a different list.
SG Mehta: Essentially the question boils to whether the Delhi assembly examining the social media company can be done at all.

Justice Kaul:Salve argued he can choose to appear somewhere and he can choose not to appear somewhere. It was his business decision to appear before you
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Supreme Court is scheduled to take up for hearing shortly, petition filed by @Facebook India chief Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Assembly's Committee in relation to #DelhiRiots2020.

@secondatticus #SupremeCourt
Hearing commences. Dr. AM Singhvi arguing on behalf of Delhi Assembly.

#DelhiAssemblyNotice

#DelhiRiots
State legislature cannot be stopped from having discussion on subjects which are not under its legislative domain.

Many times State assemblies pass resolutions for eg say on human rights violations etc: Dr. Singhvi.
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Supreme Court bench led by Justice SK Kaul to resume hearing petition filed by @Facebook India chief Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Assembly's Peace & Harmony Committee in relation to #DelhiRiots2020.

@secondatticus #SupremeCourt @raghav_chadha
Bench starts hearing.

@DrAMSinghvi: I will finish reading the NCT judgment. Let me shift to a better platform

@Facebook
#SupremeCourt
Dr Singhvi: Delhi can be called a full state with full assembly and not merely a Union Territory barring control over just three subjects in state list. Powers of executive is co extensive with legislative functions unless there is specific exclusion
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Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul led bench of #SupremeCourt to shortly hear petition filed by @Facebook India's Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Govt Committee in relation to #DelhiRiots2020. Senior Adv Harish Salve to wrap up submissions today

@secondatticus
Senior Counsel Harish Salve arguing in behalf of Facebook.

In democracy, we have different views. One may feel, one community is responsible. Another person will feel another person is responsible: Salve.

@Facebook @FacebookIndia
Salve taking court to through the notice issued by Peace committee to Facebook India head Ajit Mohan.

It is asking for his personal views: Salve.
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Supreme Court to continue hearing petition filed by @Facebook India chief Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Assembly's Committee in relation to #DelhiRiots2020. Senior Adv Harish Salve for @secondatticus to resume arguments
#SupremeCourt
Salve takes the court through nature of privileges.

Senior Adv Salve: It is more of a shield than a sword. Thr nature is such that you cannot carve them into weapons. Your lordships can look into this.. it is not a no go area.

@Facebook
Salve: Even my refusal to answer a privilege committee is not something I can be hauled up for.
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Supreme Court is scheduled to take up for hearing shortly, petition filed by @Facebook India chief Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Assembly's Committee in relation to #DelhiRiots2020.

@secondatticus #SupremeCourt
Ajit Mohan through Senior Advocate Harish Salve had claimed that the summon was based on reports in the Wall Street journal and with a belief that "Facebook favours the ruling government".

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Senior Advocate Harish Salve begins submissions: Most of the law of privileges is taken care by the Amarinder Singh judgment.
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Supreme Court is scheduled to take up for hearing shortly, petition filed by @Facebook India chief Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Assembly's Committee in relation to #DelhiRiots2020.

@secondatticus #SupremeCourt
Senior Advocate Harish Salve appears for Petitioner: You can only summon those who is a party. If at all one is summoned is it limited to questions of evidence or fact. I may have strong opinions which I may not want to express
Senior Adv Salve: This is not a summon by the Parliament. The genesis of privilege is privilege against the crown. When the house of commons assemble they petition a ground. These are privileges by the crowm against the crown.
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Supreme Court is scheduled to take up for hearing shortly, petition filed by @Facebook India chief Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Assembly's Committee in relation to #DelhiRiots2020.

@secondatticus #SupremeCourt
Hearing begins.

SC indicates the matter may be listed on a non miscellaneous day for hearing.
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul asks Senior Counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi if his client has sent a fresh notice to the peititoner.

Singhvi: I have done something better. My client has put it on affidavit.
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Delhi Court directs jail authorities to provide adequate security to Umar Khalid during his judicial custody in a Delhi riots case.

The case pertains to FIR registered at PS Khajuri Khas.

@UmarKhalidJNU

#DelhiRiots
Delhi Court also allows Khalid to carry his spectacles, books as per Jail Rules.

Video conference meeting with lawyer aslo permitted as per Jail Rules.

#DelhiRiots2020

@UmarKhalidJNU
A similar order was passed by Additional Sessions Judge while remanding Umar Khalid to judicial custody till October 22 in the Delhi riots case concerning the commission of offences under UAPA.

#UmarKhalid

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Anti-CAA protests, conspiracy to uproot elected government, chakka-jaam: Dissecting Delhi Police's 2,600+ page chargesheet on Delhi riots

#DelhiRiots2020 #DelhiRiotsUntoldStory #delhiriots #CAA @DelhiPolice

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The charge sheet has been filed by ACP Alok Kumar & DCP PS Kushwah on September 16, 2020. A total of 751 FIRs were registered in the #DelhiRiots.

Filed before ASJ Amitabh Rawat at Karkardooma Court, @CPDelhi has named 15 people as accused. #DelhiRiots2020 #DelhiRiotsUntoldStory
On December 7, 2019, an agitation was called by another group, United Against Hate, at Jantar Mantar. Here, Sharjeel Imam, Yogender Yadav and Umar Khalid decided and agreed to use social media...

Aditi Singh disects 2,698 pages - Read Story barandbench.com/news/litigatio…

@aditi2118
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Absolutely.

Mapping Indian culture and society to tropes, concepts and theories emerging from Western history and society is Orientalism and neo-colonialism.

All those who use terms like "fascism" "Nazism", even "minority rights" to describe Indian society are guilty of this.
In the Foreword to the #DelhiRiots2020 book I point out how even the term "minority" from European history is mis-mapped from India, to deny the violence against so-called "majority" Hindus by their prior colonizers. A shout out to @indumathi37 for her editing help in this. ImageImage
You cannot map social theories and particular historic movements which emerged in a society formed by its long Christian history into a 5000+ year old civilization without totalitarian exclusive religion. It produces nonsense and does epistemic violence.

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Hearing before #SupremeCourt on a petition by #Facebook VP Ajit Mohan commences.

Sr adv Harish Salve begins arguing for the petitioners.

The bench seeks to know where is the threat issued by the #Delhi Assembly Peace & Harmony Committee.
Salve takes the bench to the relevant page in the petition.

"This is quite remarkable. Who is this deputy secretary issuing this serious threat. What privilege, whose privilege?" Salve submits before the bench headed by Justice Sanjay K Kaul.
I am an outsider. I am nit interrupting proceedings of your committee. Whether I can be asked to appear or not is for somebody to decide. But if I don't want to appear in a matter that has political overtones. I don't want to come in middle of this. Can I be compelled?: Salve
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It is a pincer attack. First plan riots with heavy Islamic funding. Then manage narrative internationally how riots were a "pogrom" against Muslims.

History gets rewritten in front of our eyes. Happened for #Gujarat2002.

This is why the desperation to kill #DelhiRiots2020 book.
When the media's paycheck depends on spin, be sure that they will spin. And so far they have succeeded because Hindus invest in temples not scholarship or narratives. @RajivMessage has been talking about this for years.

Why a small eBook. Let us do a proper book. Has someone even documented the victims properly? Has someone documented the victims of the karsevak massacre by Mulayam?

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Hearing Alert: 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟'𝐬 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚 𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐂

Supreme Court to hear plea by Ajit Mohan @secondatticus ( @Facebook India Head) challenging Delhi govt panel summons to him regarding role of the social media portal in #DelhiRiots2020
#SupremeCourt
Facebook India chief has submitted that the Delhi Assembly's committee does not have the Authority to compel him to appear before it, since the same issue was already before a parliamentary panel.
@AamAadmiParty @ArvindKejriwal @LtGovDelhi @raghav_chadha
.@secondatticus is set to argue that
"is no law that empowers a State Legislature, including a committee formed by that Legislature, to take coercive action against any person unless it obstructs or impedes its legislative functions."
#DelhiRiots

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