Twitter India seems to be started labeling manipulated tweets in India similar to the company does in the U.S to combat mis and false information. Twitter put a “manipulated media” label on a video that the head of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s social media.
Rahul Gandhi must be the most discredited opposition leader India has seen in a long long time. https://t.co/9wQeNE5xAP pic.twitter.com/b4HjXTHPSx— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) November 28, 2020
This isn’t the first time for Twitter to label manipulated tweets, The company already labels false tweets made by the previous president Donald Trump.
Good to see Twitter label tweets in India, “The referenced tweet was labeled based on our Synthetic and Manipulated Media policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
The report by BuzzFeed also claims In India, experts say that Twitter was forced to label Malviya’s tweet after being consistently called out by the press, fact-checkers, and people on social media. “It’s the result of sustained criticism of years,” Pratik Sinha, the editor of Alt News, an Indian fact-checking website, told BuzzFeed News. But, he said, “this is the first step. It’s too early to be happy.”
Politicians from the BJP have accused Twitter of having a “bias” against conservatives. Labeling tweets of the ruling party might also impact Twitter in long run. I really hope twitter Does not fall backward in labeling tweets that share misinformation. Social media should be not place for words for misleading people. Nobody has the right to share misinformation and make false claims, not even the ruling parties.