Twitter has taken down two communal tweets by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on the Election Commission’s orders, reports the Economic Times. Posted on April 5, the tweets equated the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) with the ‘green virus’. The IUML had approached the ECI against the tweet and urged it to block Adityanath’s account.
At a rally in UP last week, Adityanath said the Congress was “suffering from a green virus”, while referring to Rahul Gandhi going to file his nomination papers for Wayanad in Kerala. According to ET, Adityanath had been making this remark at elections rallies across UP. Adityanath was on Monday banned from campaigning 72 hours for making objectionable statements in speeches and violating the model code of conduct; at a BJP rally on 9 April, Adityanath had said that “if Ali is with the BSP-SP-RLD alliance, then Bajrangbali is with the BJP”
The Election Commission also removed over 500 posts, advertisements, accounts and other objectionable content found to be in violation of the model code of conduct, following the ECI’s directions, between April 10-11.
Twitter unpopular for political ads
Twitter’s political ads library in India, which logs all political ads being floated in India. Only registered and verified advertisers are allowed to float political ads. However, Twitter is not as popular a destination for political ads when compared to Facebook and Google, as Quartz reports. Only media organizations like DailyHunt and TimesNow were running ads on Twitter.