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Kolkata Police initiates legal action on allegedly misleading tweet by Madhu Kishwar

The Kolkata Police has initiated legal action on conservative commentator Madhu Kishwar for a tweet she posted which contained a video of a procession of Muslims protesting, claiming it was from Kolkata even though it was reportedly from Bangladesh. West Bengal is up for state elections in May 2021, and political parties are currently campaigning there. The video in question is actually from 2017 and was shot in Bangladesh — the protestors in the video were actually protesting against the violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar, according to fact-checking site AltNews. Kishwar has been a regular and steady perpetrator of fake news on Twitter, according to the Quint's fact-checking initiative, WebQoof. https://twitter.com/KolkataPolice/status/1325707680531406848 Kishwar has a verified account on Twitter with 2 million followers. At the time of publishing, the tweet had been taken down from Twitter, although it isn’t clear whether Kishwar or the platform deleted the tweet. However, Kishwar’s latest tweet at the time of publication, says that she was told the video was from Bangladesh. We have archived Kishwar’s contentious tweet here. MediaNama had reached out to Twitter via email at 02:25 PM on November 9, and the tweet was present on the platform until then, and was retweeted more than 1,500 times and had over 2,700 likes. Kishwar had tweeted the video on November 8, at around 11 AM, and the platform didn’t react on it in over 24 hours, despite the traction it gained. We have asked Twitter why it allowed such a video to stay on the platform…

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