BJP MP Varun Gandhi has challenged Twitter to send him the legal notice that Twitter claimed to have received from Indian Law Enforcement against his tweet. (AFP File)
BJP MP Varun Gandhi has challenged Twitter to send him the legal notice that Twitter claimed to have received from Indian Law Enforcement against his tweet. (AFP File)

Varun Gandhi slams Twitter's 'woke propaganda' after getting notice

Twitter has been bullying Indians online, BJP MP Varun Gandhi wrote on the platform after receiving a notice from the microblogging platform, which is at loggerheads with the government.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2021 09:35 PM IST

BJP MP Varun Gandhi has now received a notice from Twitter's legal team which said that "Indian Law Enforcement" raised some issue regarding his Twitter account as it has been found violating the law(s) of India. "I am certain I have violated no law and that no law agency would have found anything offensive in my tweets," the BJP MP wrote, attaching a screenshot of the notice that he has received.

Varun Gandhi wrote that he is shocked by Twitter's behaviour as it advocated for free expression, but "fails in deed". The MP said that before putting out these tweets, he enquired whether the government had sent any such request to Twitter. "If Twitter really has received a complaint regarding my content, let it share the said legal notice and its provenance in the interest of transparency," Varun Gandhi wrote.

In the communication, Twitter said it has not taken any action as Twitter believed in defending and respecting the voice of Twitter users. "It is our policy to notify our users if we receive a legal request from an authorised entity to remove content from their account," Twitter wrote as found in the screenshot that the MP shared.

"For too long now, Twitter has indulged in online bullying of our citizens for their diversity of political views to make us conform with their "woke" propaganda. It should stay a platform, not an ostracizing tribunal. This harassment of Indians will not fly with the law of the land," Varun Gandhi wrote.

Varun Gandhi's clash with Twitter comes at a time when the microblogging platform is at loggerheads with the government and has lost legal protection in the country. The ongoing disagreement between the government and Twitter started in January this year after the Centre asked Twitter to take action against accounts tweeting on 'farmer genocide' after farmers' protest in Delhi on Republic Day. According to the government, the social media platform dragged its feet in responding to the government's request. Following this, there have been several flashpoints including Twitter's non-compliance to the new IT rules.

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