Police in India’s capital served notice at Twitter’s offices late Monday, seeking information for a complaint about why a tweet by the spokesperson of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP, was flagged.
The flagged posts claim that there is a conspiracy within the rival Congress Party to blackmail Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government. BJP representatives also claim that the Congress Party should have a special “toolbox”, which the party falsely calls. The posts were flagged by Twitter as ” manipulated media”.
Police acted after Rohan Gupta, head of the Congress party’s social media, and Rajeev Gowda, the party’s national spokesperson, made a report. But hours after the police raid, the Congress Party accused the government of trying to suppress freedom of expression and dissenting voices as well as create fear.
The strike took place two days after the government protested against the flagging.
According to the Delhi police, the attack was part of a routine process. They also wanted to investigate what information Twitter had about the “toolbox” and why they flagged the posts in question.