According to the sources, the government objected to Twitter’s move to “unilaterally” designate tweets by some BJP leaders like Sambit Patra as “manipulated”.
The government sources said the tags were affixed “prejudicially” and asked the microblogging site to remove them in the interests of “fairness and equity”.
“This action not only dilutes the credibility of Twitter but also puts question mark on status of Twitter as an intermediary,” the sources said.
This comes a day after the Congress wrote to Twitter asking it to permanently suspend the accounts of BJP leaders including party chief JP Nadda and Union minister Smriti Irani for allegedly “spreading misinformation and unrest in the society”.
The BJP has been attacking the Congress over some controversial content of the alleged toolkit.
BJP leaders, including Sambit Patra, have posted numerous tweets to attack the Congress over the toolkit.
Patra’s tweet, now labelled “manipulated media”, had posted a document and said, “Friends look at the #CongressToolKit in extending help to the needy during the Pandemic! More of a PR exercise with the help of “Friendly Journalists” & “Influencers” than a soulful endeavour.Read for yourselves the agenda of the Congress”.
Meanwhile, the Congress has insisted that the toolkit documents flagged by the BJP are “fake” and has filed police complaint against its leaders.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)