Twitter marked a post by Indian politician T. Raja Singh for violating his policy days after TechCrunch asked the social giant for the controversial three-year tweet.
In a video tweet, Singh urged India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and other citizens of the country to move Rohingya Muslim immigrants, including those “who supported terrorism” out of the nation, because he feared that they would become a “headache for the nation.” in the future. “#Deport RohingyaMuslims,” he tweeted.
Singh, who belongs to the Indian government party Bharatiya Janata Party and has made hateful speeches in public appearances in the past, also encouraged his followers to make his “viral” tweet on the platform so that every “Hindu and [other] Indians “see. He did not respond to a request for comment.
Facebook has received some of the the harshest reaction he has seen to date in the country partly because of his initial inaction over Singh’s posts. In the Wall Street Journal reported last month a former Facebook executive in India had decided not to act on Singh’s posts as he feared it could damage the company’s business prospects in the country.
In a statement to TechCrunch, a Twitter spokesperson said Singh’s tweet was “triggered” by the violation of his hateful behavior policy.
“Twitter has put in place zero-tolerance policies to address threats of violence, abuse and harassment, and hateful behavior. If we identify accounts that violate these rules, we will take enforcement action,” the spokesman added.
A Sept. 13 tweet, which Singh retrieved from his account, shows a warning message from Twitter saying that his account was closed for the aforementioned tweet. Singh has been posting several tweets since September 13, suggesting the matter has been resolved. The above mentioned tweet also shows that it violates Twitter rules.
The slow reactions from Twitter and Facebook, both of which account for India as an important market, illustrate setbacks in their content moderation efforts in the world’s second-largest market.
Twitter, which had about 70 million monthly active users on its official app in India last month (according to mobile firm Insight App Annie, data an industry leader shared with TechCrunch), has been particularly slow. – or unanswered – in the country taking action despite reports from users.
In January, the ruling party of India was accused of conducting a deceptive Twitter campaign to gain support for a controversial law – nothing new for Twitter in India – but the company never answered the questions. A month earlier, snowfall in Kashmir, a highly sensitive region that has not had an internet connection for months, started the trend on Twitter in the United States. She mysteriously disappeared after several journalists asked how she got on the list.
A Twitter spokesperson in India pointed out TechCrunch to one FAQ article at the moment explaining how Trending Topics works. Nothing in the FAQ article has addressed the question.