Delhi Police teams descend on two Twitter offices

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police’s Special Cell on Monday sent a notice to Twitter India in connection with the probe into a complaint about the alleged ‘COVID toolkit’, asking it to share information based on which it had classified a related tweet by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra as “manipulated media”, officials said.

Two police teams also descended on the microblogging site’s offices in Lado Sarai in Delhi and in Gurgaon this evening.

“The Delhi police team went to the Twitter office to serve a notice to Twitter as a part of routine process. This was necessitated as we wanted to ascertain who is the right person to serve a notice, as replies by Twitter India MD have been very ambiguous,” Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal said.

The BJP has accused the Congress of creating a ‘toolkit’ that seeks to tarnish the image of the country and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the handling of the COVID pandemic.

However, the Congress has denied the allegation and claimed that the BJP is propagating a fake ‘toolkit’ to defame it.

Last week, Twitter labelled as “manipulated media” a tweet by Patra on the alleged ‘toolkit’.

Twitter says it “may label Tweets that include media (videos, audio, and images) that have been deceptively altered or fabricated”.

Biswal said the Delhi Police is inquiring into a complaint in the toolkit matter.

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