Twitter Unlocks Rahul Gandhi’s handle

A week after suspending, Twitter today restored Rahul Gandhi’s, Congress and its other leader’s account.

A week ago, the microblogging site suspended the accounts for tweeting pictures of the family of a nine-year-old victim of alleged rape and murder in Northwest Delhi.

“All Congress accounts have been unlocked. No reason has been given by Twitter for the unlocking,” Rohan Gupta, the Congress in-charge of social media accounts.

The party also clarified that it had not deleted its Twitter account.

According to Twitter’s spokesperson -“Gandhi had submitted a copy of the formal consent or authorisation letter to use the specific image. The company had followed the due diligence process to review the appeal “in order to protect the safety and privacy of the affected individuals”.

“The Tweet is now withheld in India and the account access has been restored. As explained in our Country Withheld Policy, it may be necessary to withhold access to certain content in accordance with valid legal provisions under the Indian law(s),” said the Twitter spokesperson.

“The withholding actions are limited to the specific jurisdiction/country where the content is determined to be unlawful and remains available elsewhere.”

Rahul Gandhi yesterday accused twitter for interfering in the national political process” and said shutting down of his handle amounted to an “attack on the country’s democratic structure”.

He alleged that the microblogging site was not a neutral and objective platform and was “beholden to the government”.

Questioning Twitter’s temporary locking of his handle, he said millions of his followers were unfairly denied the right to an opinion.

“It’s obvious now that Twitter is actually not a neutral, objective platform. It is a biased platform. It’s something that listens to what the government of the day says,” he alleged.