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Twitter confirms Rahul Gandhi’s account has been temporarily locked for tweet violating rules

Twitter's action was carried out after India's child rights body wrote a letter to the company and Delhi Police about a particular tweet posted by the Congress leader.  Twitter has temporarily locked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's account for violating its rules, MediaNama has confirmed. Commenting on the issue, the micro-blogging platform said that, "if a Tweet was found to be in violation of the Twitter Rules, and has yet to be deleted by the account holder, we hide it behind a notice and the account remains locked until the Tweet is removed or the appeal is successfully processed." A source close to the development said that the action was taken on August 6, two days after Gandhi had tweeted a photograph of himself with the parents of the 9-year-old victim of alleged gang rape and murder. The tweet in question is no longer available. Congress party members have been protesting in front of the Delhi office of Twitter India with several senior members claiming that Twitter was biased by placing restrictions on Gandhi's account and was acting out of fear of the government. Why it matters? According to IT Rules 2021, social media intermediaries like Twitter have to voluntarily remove any content violating any Indian law, especially those relating to child abuse. But this is just one of many instances wherein Twitter has been mired in controversy after locking accounts or taking down tweets. In May 2021, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had written to Twitter to remove the manipulated…

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