Amit Malviya was really checked after watching a misleading video of police violence in Delhi.
On Wednesday, Twitter labeled a video-driven media as the head of the social media division of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Tweeted. Labeled tweets are not new – since March, Twitter has mistaken them Tweets Including US President Donald Trump.
But for the first time, the agency hinted at a tweet label from a top Indian politician that critics might be ready to do in the end Asked American social media platforms to do year after year – Apply the same value As in other countries of the world they do the United States.
The three-second clip was tweeted by Amit Malviya, who he is Notorious For posting incorrect information as part of his team’s propaganda machine. It shows a Delhi policeman beating a farmer with sticks, carrying tear gas, water cannon and police barricades among thousands of people. To interrupt New agricultural policy in India.
The police officer in the clip missed. According to the caption of the video, “Police could not even touch the farmer.” Malvier’s tweets gave the false impression that police did not injure the man.
But just after the video clip was stopped, police attacked the man. Fact-checking websites Dr. The long version of the video shows a second police officer leaning towards the farmer, who later showed his injuries. Press.
Twitter Also applied Other people on the label have tweeted for other instances of the same video.
Malvia did not respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News, but a Twitter spokeswoman said she had largely pursued company policies against Doctor Media.
A Twitter spokesman told BuzzFeed News, “The referenced tweet was labeled following our synthetic and manipulated media policy.” Clicking on the label leads the person to a Twitter-writer Summary Debunks by fact-checkers and links to those debunks.
Policy, which is Twitter Announcement In February, Defined “Synthetic and manipulated media” as images or videos that “have been significantly altered or created in a way that alters the original meaning / purpose or something happened that does not seem to have happened in reality.” Company First application The label was shared in March by White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino in a camouflaged edited video of now President-elect Joe Biden, retweeted by the U.S. president, and then applied to multiple Trump tweets.
Although a Twitter spokesperson said the policy was “being applied worldwide”, the agency declined to cite other examples of the application of the label to accounts in the West Bengal markets. (In the past, Twitter has deleted or hidden tweets by the Brazilian president Zaire Balsonaro And Brazilian politicians Osmar Terra To break its policy against it Coronavirus Incorrect information.)
Digital rights activists have long said that American tech companies have not done enough to prevent losses due to their platforms in the US and outside Europe. Platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube have been accused of not only polarizing but also fueling political rhetoric. Ethnic genocide In South Sudan, Lynchings In India, and Genocide In Myanmar
“When it comes to labeling misinformation and misrepresentation, companies are taking more action, but they still need to do better outside the United States,” said Dia Kayali, associate director of Monemonic’s advocacy. “We’ve seen them pour huge resources into the United States and work with more content than anyone could have imagined. Unfortunately, so far, they have not devoted so much resources outside the United States.
Experts in India say Twitter was forced to label Malvier’s tweets after a series of calls from the media through the press, fact-checkers and social media. “This is the result of years of criticism,” Pratik Sinha, editor of Alt News, an Indian fact-checking website, told BuzzFeed News. However, he said, “This is the first step. Too happy to be too early. ”
It’s too early to see what the consequences of the label might be. Labeling a tweet from a top member of India’s ruling party could elicit a response from a country that sees Twitter as a key growth market.
BJP politicians “complain” on TwitterBias”Against the Conservatives. Last year, Colin Cromwell, vice president of Twitter at World Public Policy, released a Blog post The title is “Straight Twitter India and Neutrality Setting Records.” Three days later, an Indian parliamentary committee Grilled Indian executives of the company about the alleged bias of the company.
The label is also significant because the video that Malviya tweeted was a response to a tweet from Rahul Gandhi, the opposition leader of the Indian National Congress, the country’s oldest political party and a rival of the BJP – meaning Twitter says one-sided incidents are wrong.
Twitter declined to elaborate on why Malvier specifically decided to label the tweet “To determine if the media has changed significantly or manipulated or fabricated, we may use our own technology or obtain reports through partnerships with third parties.” A Twitter spokesman said.
“BJP members can’t say what they want just because they are politicians,” Kayali said.