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Warning label was applied by Twitter to BJP’s Tweet

Amit Malviya was verified in fact through a misleading video about police violence in Delhi.

On Wednesday, Twitter labeled “manipulated media” on a video that the head of the social media division of the Bharatiya Party Janata ruling in India. tweeted. Labeling tweets isn’t new – since March, Twitter has put them in the wrong state tweet from US politicians, including President Donald Trump.

But this is the first time the company has labeled a tweet from a prominent Indian politician, signaling that it may finally be ready to do what critics do. have been asked American social media platforms have to do for years – The same standards apply to the rest of the world as they are to the United States.

The three-second clip was tweeted by Amit Malviya, who notorious for posting false information as part of his party’s propaganda apparatus. It shows a member of a police officer in Delhi swinging a baton at a farmer, one among thousands defying tear gas, tornado and a police fence. to protest New Agricultural Policies in India.

The police in the clip missed. According to the caption of the video, “the police did not even touch the farmer.” Malviya’s tweet left the false impression that the police did not injure the man.

But other members of the police attacked the man shortly after the video clip was cut. Web sites verify the authenticity to speak a longer version of the video shows a second policeman swinging his arm at the farmer, who later shows his wound with press.

Twitter also applies labels for other instances of the same video tweeted by someone else.

Malviya did not respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News, but a Twitter spokesperson said he violated the company’s policies toward media with content.

A Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: “The referenced tweet is labeled based on our Aggregated and Controlled vehicle policy. Clicking on a label will lead people to an author of Twitter summary of the authenticity checker debug attempts and links to those debuggers.

Policy, that Twitter announced in February, determined “Composed and manipulated medium” is an image or video that has been “dramatically altered or created in a way that alters its original meaning / purpose or makes it seem like some of the most eventful. Concentration took place without actually happening. ” Company first applied in March for a deceitful edited video of newly-elected president Joe Biden shared by White House social media chief Dan Scavino and re-posted by the US president, and has since adopted it for many of Trump’s tweets.

But although a Twitter spokesperson said the policy is being “enforced worldwide,” the company declined to cite other instances of the label being applied to accounts in non-markets. must be western. (In the past, Twitter deleted or hidden the tweets of the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazilian politicians Osmar Terra for breaking its policy against Coronavirus wrong information.)

Digital rights activists have long said that US technology companies were not doing enough to prevent harm caused by their platforms outside the US and Europe. Platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube have been accused of not only polarizing political discourse but also promoting ethnic massacre in South Sudan, lynchings in India, and genocide in Myanmar.

Dia Kayyali, deputy director of advocacy at Mnemonic, a human rights organization, said: “When it comes to labeling misinformation and manipulated content, companies are starting to act more, but they still need to do better outside of the US, ”said Dia Kayyali, deputy director of advocacy at Mnemonic, a human rights organization. “We see them pouring enormous resources into the US and acting with more content than anyone could imagine. Unfortunately, so far, they have not spent a lot of resources outside of the US ”.

In India, experts say Twitter was forced to label Malviya’s tweets after being repeatedly named by the press, verifiers and people on social media. Pratik Sinha, editor of Alt News, an Indian fact-checking website, told BuzzFeed News: “It’s the result of constant criticism over the years. But, he said, “this is the first step. It is too early to be happy.

It is too early to see what the label might have. Labeling a tweet from a prominent member of India’s ruling party could lead to a backlash in a country Twitter considers an important growth market.

BJP politicians have accused Twitter of having “Prejudice“Against conservatives. Last year, Colin Cromwell, Twitter’s vice president for global public policy, announced one blog posts titled “Record now on Indian Twitter and fairness.” Three days later, an Indian parliamentary committee Grilled The company’s Indian executives over the company’s alleged bias.

The label also makes sense because the video that Malviya tweeted was a response to a tweet by Rahul Gandhi, an opposition leader at the National Congress of India, the country’s oldest political party and a BJP rival – means Twitter is saying the truth of one party. is wrong.

Twitter declined to provide details on why it decided to specifically label Malviya’s tweet. “To determine if media has been significantly altered or fabricated and deceived, we may use our own technology or receive reports through,” a Twitter spokesperson said. partnerships with third parties.

“BJP members,” Kayyali said, “can’t say anything they want just because they’re politicians.”



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