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MEITY wrote to Twitter asking to take off ‘manipulated media’ tag from toolkit tweets

Letters sent by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to Twitter last month asking it to remove the "manipulated media" tags on tweets of prominent political leaders, were obtained by the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) through right-to-information (RTI) requests. Neither letter cited any provision under which the government's requests were made, IFF noted. Last month, Twitter labelled tweets of BJP politicians including spokesperson Sambit Patra and others on the alleged toolkit prepared by Congress as "manipulated media." On the same day, the Delhi Police started an enquiry into the veracity of the toolkit and sent a notice to the social media platform asking it to share information that it had in this regard. It was also reported that MeitY wrote to Twitter the same day registering an objection regarding the matter and asked Twitter to remove the tags. A day later, the Delhi…

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