The Bharatiya Janata Party has clarified on Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief JP Nadda and other party leaders are not present on the micro-blogging site Tooter, the alleged indigenous version of the social media site Twitter. The party’s IT cell head Amit Malviya said in a tweet on Monday afternoon that ‘Please note that neither the BJP, or the leaders of its state units, or Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and JP Nadda are present on Tooter. ‘
Please note that neither the BJP or any of its state units, nor Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President JP Nadda have a presence on Tooter.
– Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) January 11, 2021
Let me tell you that Tooter describes himself as ‘Swadeshi Social Network’ and also has the official Twitter handle of PM Modi, on which all his posts and pictures of Twitter are lying. However, it is not clear how Tooter verifies its users.
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Another BJP spokesperson Suresh Nakhua attacked the platform and said, ‘I think Amit Malviya’s tweet clears up the case of our leaders’ presence on this platform. So now will the Tooter make it clear that 1. With whose permission are these platforms built? 2. How have these handles been verified? 3. Who is posting on these handles? ‘
The clarification came from the party when just a few days ago BJP MP and head of the party’s youth wing Tejashwi Surya condemned the incident on Twitter from the Twitter handle of US President Donald Trump. And criticized the social media giant. He said that ‘Twitter may be saying that they (Trump) have violated certain rules but I am worried that all big tech companies have monopoly and biased algorithms on information transmission. So why are we giving them the right to tamper with their authority? This is the biggest question, which democracy countries should answer.
The interface of Tooter, allegedly created last year, is a cross-over between Facebook and Twitter. This platform on its service page says that it has been made for ‘free speech’. It is said on the Tooter’s About page, ‘We believe that India should have its own indigenous social network. Without this, we are simply a digital colony for the American Twitter India Company, which is no different than the British living in slavery of the East India Company.
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