Days after Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter handle was unlocked, the Congress leader is yet to share a tweet. Sources told India Today TV that Twitter India is pursuing the matter with him.
It has been over a week since Twitter restored former Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s handle after it was temporarily locked for posting pictures of the parents of a minor rape and murder victim in Delhi. But the Wayanad MP continues to boycott the social media platform and is yet to resume using his account.
Sources told India Today TV that Twitter India is pursuing the matter with Rahul Gandhi and have said that blocking his account was unintentional.
Twitter India restored Rahul Gandhi’s handle on August 14, but the Congress leader has not resumed communication with his followers on the social media platform. He has been active on Facebook and Instagram.
Interestingly, Facebook too acted on the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) complaint against Rahul Gandhi and took down his post which had pictures of the parents of Delhi rape victim. However, Facebook did not lock his account like Twitter.
WHY RAHUL GANDHI’s TWITTER HANDLE WAS LOCKED?
On August 4, Rahul Gandhi met the parents of the nine-year-old girl who was allegedly raped, murdered and forcibly cremated in Delhi Cantt. Following the meeting, Rahul Gandhi uploaded a picture of himself with the parents of the victim on his Twitter handle.
However, two days later, the tweet was taken down and Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter handle was temporarily locked. Several accounts of Congress members, who also shared Rahul Gandhi’s post, were also locked.
Rahul Gandhi’s account was temporarily locked after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) issued a notice to Twitter, asking it to act against the Congress leader’s handle for tweeting pictures of the family of the victim.
Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter handle was restored on August 14 only after the victim’s family came out with a statement that they had no objection to the tweet revealing their identity.
RAHUL GANDHI’S ALLEGATIONS
After his account was locked, Rahul Gandhi alleged that Twitter was acting under pressure from the Narendra Modi-led central government.
In a video released on YouTube, Rahul Gandhi said, “By shutting down my Twitter, they are interfering with our political process. A company is making its business to define our politics. And as a politician, I don’t like that.”
“This is an attack on the democratic structure of the country. This is not an attack on Rahul Gandhi. This is not simply shutting Rahul Gandhi down. I have 19-20 million followers. You are denying them the right to an opinion,” he added.
Rahul Gandhi has 19.5 million followers on Twitter.