Indian Police is sending requests to Twitter to take down content posted by likes of @MANJULtoons, @zoo_bear claiming that it violates Indian law. We don't know which police department is sending these requests, nor do we know what law their tweets violate - no transparency. 1/n
But since when did police become the judiciary in India? How does police get to decide what content violates Indian law and what doesn't?

Are there any police complaints/FIR corresponding to these tweets? Was there any investigation launched to determine if the content violates Indian law? There's absolutely no information.

It is clear that these are attempts to silence voices that question the Government of India. The Union Govt is using every tool at its disposal to silence, scare, threaten individuals who seek accountability from them through their work.


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While many are rejoicing Twitter marking posts of BJP leaders as 'Manipulated Media', and others are accusing Twitter of bias, I think we must all pause and reflect on this policy.

Why has Twitter decided to mark those particular posts as 'Manipulated Media'? - That is the question any user will have when they see that tag, but there's no answer to it. How did Twitter determine? Have they provided a reference to their findings for their users?
Fact-checkers debunk misinformation, on all sides of the ideological spectrum, every single day, and very often of the kind where original media has been manipulated. Twitter doesn't mark those as 'Manipulated media'.
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This 'toolkit' came about at a time when the Modi govt had been criticised from all quarters, including some of their own leaders, for their failures, which has led to the deaths of thousands of Indians, deaths that were completely avoidable.

Since these were screenshots of documents, that inherently meant that the authenticity of these documents could not be determined without access to original documents. However, that did not deter mainstream media from making this a prime time talking point.

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Rahul Roushan runs a rather popular portal and has a significant following on Twitter, but still continues to depend on these proxy accounts.
What was this account @totalwoke called till a while ago? - @MyFakingNews
Who used to run @MyFakingNews?
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[Thread] Twitter had earlier claimed that it had shut accounts which had asked for a repeat of 1984. I did a quick search and found tens of accounts which had used the phrase 'repeat 1984' that are still active and merrily tweeting away.
How easy it is to find these tweets? Check the search query in the screenshot. You enter that query that I have used => 'repeat 1984 until:2021-1-27' into the Twitter search box, and then go to the 'Latest' tab (arrow).
If it is this easy to find these tweets, how is that @TwitterIndia hasn't found these tweets?

Set 1.
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After 14 months of the Pulwama attack, we still don't know who's been held accountable for the death of 40 CRPF personnel. We haven't been told how 300 kilos of explosives were sourced and transported. Who leaked the route that CRPF convoy was going to take? No answers.
The media doesn't ask these questions despite all the claims of putting 'Nation first'. That's because for them, 'Nation first' = 'Government first'. Those who ask these questions are declared anti-national, and rest will wait for a figure of how many of 'theirs' could we kill.
Eventually, a friendly news agency will quote 'sources' and put out some figure of the number 'we' killed, and it will be diligently broadcasted by every media org, again without any questions asked. In case of Balakot, till date we haven't seen a single image of the 300 dead.
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