Reacting to allegations of caste bias, Twitter India on Thursday claimed that it’s an neutral platform and doesn’t take motion primarily based upon any ideology or political viewpoint.
The present row began after the account of senior columnist Dilip C. Mandal bought restricted. He later bought again the account. However Mandal continued the tirade towards Twitter. As others joined him, a flurry of tweets adopted beneath #CasteistTwitter, #JaiBhimTwitter and #cancelallBlueTicksinIndia over the course of this week.
Thereafter, 1000’s of customers took to Twitter to demand the removing of the blue tick in India to implement uniform guidelines.
“There’s been a number of dialogue this week about Twitter’s perceived bias in India. To be clear, whether or not it is the event of insurance policies, product options, or enforcement of our Guidelines, we’re neutral and don’t take motion primarily based upon any ideology or political viewpoint,” Twitter India mentioned.
“We’re dedicated to serving an open public dialog in India and we are going to proceed to be clear in our efforts,” it mentioned.
In a sequence of tweets, Twitter India, which has been accused of discriminating towards Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Different Backward Class (OBC) activists, mentioned it’s reviewing its verification programme.
In his tweets on November 3, Supreme Courtroom lawyer Nitin Meshram summarised the grievances.
“What’s our grievance: 1. #Twitter India is discriminating towards Sc-St-OBC activists in suspending & verifying their accounts. 2. Twitter lacks uniform guidelines & due to this fact, #CasteistTwitter suppress Dalit, OBC, & Tribal activists by unequal reference to its guidelines.
“3. With out @verified badge, Dalit, OBC, & Tribals aren’t genuine in digital world. They’re weak to faux, fraud, & clone accounts. 4. All stalwarts of Dalits, OBCs, & Tribals are denied @verified badge, whereas, pigmies of different castes have been adorned with blue tick,” he alleged.
Denying the allegations, the Twitter mentioned it has “one set of Twitter Guidelines”.
“We now have one set of Twitter Guidelines, and we implement our insurance policies judiciously and impartially for all people — no matter their perception or background. Each Tweet and each account that is dropped at our consideration is reviewed by itself benefit,” Twitter India mentioned.
“As we’ve said a number of occasions, our public verification course of is closed. Whereas we’re reviewing the whole program, on a restricted case-by-case foundation we do confirm public figures who’re lively within the public dialog,” it added.