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In a first, Twitter flags BJP IT cell head’s tweet on farmers protest as ‘manipulated media’

Twitter has flagged a tweet by BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya on the ongoing farmers’ protest as ‘manipulated media’ — an audio-visual piece of content which has been “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated”. This is perhaps the first instance when Twitter has applied this label to an Indian user’s tweet, ever since it rolled out its policy on dealing with manipulated media in February this year. Apart from Malviya's tweet, Twitter also flagged the same video shared by conservative Twitter account @PoliticalKida, AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair pointed out. Apart from flagging Malviya’s tweet as a piece of misinformation, Twitter is also reminding users that the tweet contains manipulated media when they attempt to share it further. It is worth noting that the tweet in question was made by Malviya on November 28, and Twitter flagged it as misinformation December 2, after fact checking platforms had debunked the misinformation in Malviya's tweet. What was the misinformation spread by Malviya? Malviya had tweeted a video claiming that a law enforcement personnel hadn’t beaten a protesting farmer. His tweet had come in response to an earlier tweet made by Indian National Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, where he had shared an image of the law enforcement agent attempting to hit a protesting farmer. Malviya tried claiming that the security personnel was merely trying to intimidate the farmer, and not actually hit him. https://twitter.com/amitmalviya/status/1332553047382372352 Debunking misinformation spread by Malviya: However, later, fact checks carried out by Boomlive and AltNews found that Malviya had only shared a…

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