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Hours after Twitter labelled tweets of BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra and others on the alleged toolkit prepared by Congress as 'manipulated media', the Central government has asked the social media platform to remove the tag as the matter is under investigation, news agencies PTI and ANI reported. ANI while attributing to anonymous government sources said that the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) has written to global team of Twitter registering objection regarding the matter. The government reportedly also stated that Twitter's labelling of tweets on subjects which are pending investigation dilutes its credibility. https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1395714536905207808?s= "Government has asked Twitter to remove the 'Manipulated Media' tags affixed prejudicially to certain tweets in recent days in the interests of fairness and equity," ANI reported quoting anonymous sources. In the last few days, BJP has claimed that Congress has created a toolkit whose contents allegedly aim to “corner the Modi government and various BJP governments in the country” through social media and on-ground strategies. BJP leaders, including Patra, have posted numerous tweets to criticise Congress over the toolkit. The tweet in question by Patra was attached with a screenshot from a document and it read, "Friends look at the #CongressToolKit in extending help to the needy during the Pandemic! More of a PR exercise with the help of “Friendly Journalists” & “Influencers” than a soulful endeavour. Read for yourselves the agenda of the Congress." https://twitter.com/sambitswaraj/status/1394527032730660870?s=08 Apart from Patra, Twitter also labelled  similar tweets on the alleged Congress toolkit by BJP politicians Priti Gandhi,…

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