Speculations that micro-blogging site Twitter often arbitrarily forces people to delete tweets for alleged violations has yet again come to fore. Twitter seems to have now forced ABP News journalist Vikas Bhadauria to delete a tweet about the heinous Murshidabad incident, in which the family of RSS worker was brutally murdered, including a 7-year-old and an unborn child as the woman was 8 months pregnant.
On Friday, ABP News journalist Vikas Bhadauria in a tweet accused the microblogging site of ‘muzzling his pen and journalistic freedom’ after it forced him to delete the tweet about the gruesome murder of RSS worker in Murshidabad, an incident reported which was widely in media.
He further claimed that his account was restored conditionally. “This is nothing but lynching my right to expression,” tweeted Bhadauria after Twitter forced him to delete his tweet on the gruesome Murshidabad murders.
.@TwitterIndia is muzzling my pen and journalistic freedom. It has forced me to delete my tweet on the gruesome murder of RSS worker in Murshidabad, an incident reported widely in media. My account was restored conditionally. This is nothing but lynching my right to expression. pic.twitter.com/Y0GmuSP4t2
— Vikas Bhadauria (ABP News) (@vikasbha) October 11, 2019
Twitter had earlier asked to remove the tweet posted by ABP news after the micro-blogging site claimed that the post had violated Twitter rules. The Twitter in its notice to the journalist said that the content was ‘gratuitous gore’ which could be harmful if exposed.
Earlier on Thursday, ABP News journalist had posted the details regarding the barbaric incident that had occurred in Murshidabad, in which a 35-year old RSS worker Bandhu Prakash Pal, his pregnant wife Beauty Pal (30) and their eight-year-old son Angan Pal were brutally murdered at their residence.
Bhadauria had expressed his anguish after the incident was reported and had claimed that the Hindu population in and around Murshidabad area was almost equal to none. In his tweet, Bhadauria had tweeted the images of the incident, which according to Twitter had violated the rules.
It is not the first time that social media users have questioned the mysterious behaviour of Twitter which is often found censoring social media users for expressing their opinion. Recently, it had also banned Kashmiri Pandit activist Rohit Kachroo after he had exposed NDTV for trying to stage a debate showing that Kashmiri Pandits are unhappy with the abrogation of Article 370.
Another prominent Twitter Historian True Indology was also locked out of the Twitter after he had exposed NDTV’s false narrative by stating that Muslim majority Jammu & Kashmir never had a Hindu Chief Minister.