Twitter Tags Amit Malviya’s Tweet As “Manipulated Media” Over Rahul Gandhi’s Post, See Netizens Reaction

BJP’s social media chief Amit Malviya’s tweet has been flagged as “manipulated media” by the micro-blogging site Twitter. Many pointed out at this tweet that this is the first instance of the social media site calling out ‘Fake News’ in India.

A fact check tweet posted by BJP’s social media chief on November 28 on the image of an elderly farmer during a lathicharge by a policeman in Haryana during the protests that commenced last week. This image has been posted by several Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi which showed a cop swinging his baton over a farmer trying to dodge a bow.

In a incident where Amit Malviya responds on Rahul Gandhi’s tweet wrote “propaganda vs reality” along with the same video posted: “Rahul Gandhi must be the most discredited opposition leader India has seen in a long long time”.

The fact checking website Alt News posted a longer video of the same mentioned incident where policeman was seen raising blows on the protestors. He was accused by critics on using a cropped video.

Twitter’s “synthetic and manipulated media policy” says: “You may not deceptively promote synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm. In addition, we may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context.”

Twitter labeled and said: “may label Tweets that include media (videos, audio, and images) that have been deceptively altered or fabricated”.

Twitter flooded with outrageous tweets and comments quoting the video, AAP commenting on it was the first in India.

It was pointed out by many users that policeman it was not clear whether the farmer was hit. PTI photographer Ravi Choudhary said quoted by Alt News: “I clicked the picture from the other side and it cannot be said with certainty whether the baton touched the farmer or not because there was a lot of commotion at the time. The police were lathi-charging at the protestors and the farmer was running in the other direction to save himself. He may have been hit by another cop earlier if not this one.”

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