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‘When Red Fort was attacked, why were microblogging platforms opposing helping in investigation,’ asks IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

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IT Minister Ravi Shankar launched an all out attack on social media platforms, and in particular Twitter, in Parliament on Thursday. Without naming Twitter, he asked that when the Capitol Hill in Washington was being ransacked by rioters, why was it that “certain microblogging platforms” were supporting the police in investigation, but when the Red Fort—“which is a symbol of India’s dignity”— was attacked on Republic Day, these platforms were "opposing it? [the investigation]". “These double standards won’t be tolerated,” he said. Twitter permanently blocked Donald Trump's account in the aftermath of the attack on the US Capitol. Without naming Twitter—again—Prasad also asked, “what is the meaning of trending hashtags like Narendra Modi is massacring farmers”. He warned social media platforms to not spread violence and fake news, and to respect India’s rules and Constitution. The IT Minister’s comments gain…

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