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Twitter takes down BJP Karnataka’s tweets revealing details of minors protesting Hijab Ban

The tweets drew sharp criticism for doxxing the students who have moved court against the ban.

BJP Karnataka's tweets on the hijab ban in the state's schools and colleges were taken down by Twitter citing a violation of the platform's rules. The tweets, which contained information about the addresses of minors protesting the ban, now read 'This tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter rules'. "You may not publish or post other people's private information (such as home phone number and address) without their express authorization and permission. We also prohibit threatening to expose private information or incentivizing others to do so." — Twitter Rules Content moderation has been tricky for Twitter in India as the last time the platform took action against the ruling party's tweets, it had resulted in a police raid and Twitter India's then-Managing Director Manish Maheshwari being hauled in for questioning by the police. Earlier, Congress party faced action for posting a photo In August last year, after reposting a photo of Rahul Gandhi with the parents of an underaged rape victim, Twitter accounts of the Congress party, and at least 6 senior party leaders (including Gandhi) were locked while tweets by 37 other Congress-associated accounts were blocked. Twitter had told MediaNama that their reason for taking action against such content and accounts was to "protect individuals from coming to physical harm as a result of their information being shared on Twitter." The account was withheld until Gandhi submitted a consent letter from the parents to post the picture, nine days later, after which the account was restored. Congress party members…

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