Amit Malviya was subjected to fact-checking for misleading the Delhi police violent video.
On Wednesday, Twitter put a “manipulative media” label on the video, which is the head of the social media department of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party. Tweet.Flagging tweets is nothing new-Twitter has been posting incorrect information on tweets since March tweet American politicians including President Donald Trump.
But this is the first time the company has posted a tweet from a well-known Indian politician, suggesting that it may finally be ready to be a critic Keep asking American social media platforms have to do for many years- Apply the same standards Just like they did to the United States.
The three-second clip was sent by Amit Malviya, notorious Post misinformation as part of his party’s propaganda machine.It shows a policeman in Delhi waving a baton at a farmer, thousands of people braving tear gas, water cannons and police roadblocks To protest India’s new agricultural policy.
The police officer in the clip missed. According to the video’s subtitles, “the police did not even encounter the farmer.” Malviya’s tweet gave the illusion that the police did not harm the man.
But just after the video clip was cut off, other police attacked the man.Fact check website Say A longer video clip showed a second police officer waving to the farmer, who later showed the police how he was injured. press.
Twitter Also applicable Attach tags to other instances of the same video posted by others.
Marvia did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment, but a Twitter spokesperson said that he violated the company’s policy on media manipulation.
A Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: “The quoted tweets are tagged in accordance with our synthetic and manipulative media policy.” Clicking on the tag will take people to the Twitter author Generalize The debunks performed by the fact-checkers and the links to these debunks.
The policy where Twitter Announce In February, definition “Synthesized and manipulated media,” such as pictures or videos, have been “substantially changed or created in a way that changes their original meaning/purpose, or makes certain events appear to have not actually happened.” The company First application The tag from March to the deceptively edited present, shared by the White House social media director Dan San Pavino, part-time Joe Biden, and retweeted by the US President, since Trump applied it to multiple tweets .
However, even though a Twitter spokesperson stated that the policy is being “implemented globally,” the company still refuses to cite other instances of the tag on accounts in non-Western markets. (In the past, Twitter deleted or hidden the Brazilian President’s tweets Jair Bolsonaro And Brazilian politicians Osmar Terra Violation of policy coronavirus misinformation. )
Digital copyright activists have long stated that American technology companies have not done enough to prevent the damage caused by their platforms outside the United States and Europe.Platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and YouTube have not only been accused of dividing political discourse, they have also contributed to Genocide In South Sudan, Lynching In India, and Genocide In Myanmar.
Dia Kayyali, deputy director of publicity at Mnemonic, a human rights organization, said: “When labeling misinformation and manipulative content, companies are beginning to take more actions, but they still need to do better outside the United States.” “We see them moving forward. The United States has poured huge resources into it, and the content of its actions is more than anyone thought. Unfortunately, until now, they have not invested as many resources outside the United States.”
In India, experts said that Twitter was forced to post Malviya’s tweets after being repeatedly called upon by the media, fact-checkers and people on social media. “This is the result of continuous criticism over the years,” Pratik Sinha, editor of the Indian fact-checking site Alt News, told BuzzFeed News. However, he said: “This is the first step. It is too early to be happy now.”
It’s too early to see what the label might have. A tweet marking a well-known person in India’s ruling party may cause backlash in countries that Twitter considers to be a key growth market.
The BJP politicians accuse Twitter of having “biasOppose conservatives.Last year, Colin Cromwell, vice president of global public policy at Twitter, published an article Blog post The title is “Directly set a record on Twitter India and impartiality”.Three days later, the Indian Parliamentary Committee grilled The company’s Indian executives expressed doubts about the company’s alleged prejudice.
This tag is also important because the video that Malviya tweeted was a response to a tweet by Rahul Gandhi, the opposition leader of the Indian National Assembly. wrong.
Twitter declined to provide details on why it decided to specifically mark Malviya’s tweets. A Twitter spokesperson said: “In order to determine whether the media has made major, deceptive changes or fabricated, we may use our own technology or through partnerships with third parties to receive reports.”
Kayyali said: “BJP members cannot say anything just because they are politicians.”