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Barkha Dutt violates Twitter rules, the social media platform bans rightwing account who had quote tweeted it instead

It's bizarre that Twitter had chosen to suspend the account of @TheAngryLord when it was, in fact, Barkha Dutt who had disclosed private information.

The political bias of social media platforms has been well known for quite some time. Twitter, especially, has been known to have implicit leftwing bias and engage in the suspension of rightwing accounts selectively. In the ongoing chaos surrounding the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the selective bias of Twitter again came to light.

Twitter suspended the account of a pro-rightwing handle with the username @TheAngryLord for apparently violating the rules of the platform by ‘posting private information’. In reality, the individual had only quote tweeted a tweet made by Barkha Dutt where the controversial journalist had shared a part of a conversation from a WhatsApp group which she claimed showed an individual trying to organize against the JNU.

Dutt had said she had edited out rest of the WhatsApp group conversation owing to privacy concerns while sharing one message by one Anand.

She had not blanked out the number in the WhatsApp chat. Anand was seen asking members of the group that some people in support of JNU are coming to the main gate, should we do something there? The chilling message was from a group called ‘Unity against Left’, thereby implying that the sender of the message was ‘against Left’ and hence by default ABVP.

Read: JNU violence: Congress connection emerges after WhatsApp conversation of coordination of violence goes viral

It’s bizarre that Twitter had chosen to suspend the account of @TheAngryLord when it was, in fact, Barkha Dutt who had disclosed private information. Quite clearly, the suspended user had not disclosed any private information by quote tweeting a tweet made by someone else. It appears to be another case of bizarre application of Twitter rules and further evidence of the systemic bias against rightwing politics in social media platforms.

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