Twitter removes blue verified tick from MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s account, restores later

Twitter on Monday removed the blue verified badge, which lets people know that an account on the social media platform is genuine, from the handle of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who was recently appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in the Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet.

The social media giant in its clarification said as Chandrashekhar’s had changed his handle’s name, the blue verified badge was temporarily removed.

Chandraskehkar’s episode comes at times when the micro-blogging platform Twitter seemed to be at loggerheads over the new norms. Twitter has lost its intermediary status in the country.

The micro-blogging platform also appointed Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance Officer (RGO) for India.

Meanwhile, Twitter filed its first grievance redressal report under India’s new IT norms. The social media giant informed that it has suspended 22,564 accounts for “child sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity” and “promotion of terrorism”.

Notably, Delhi Police have registered a case against Twitter on a complaint by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) for allegedly allowing access to child pornographic videos and links on the platform.

“Acting on a complaint received from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights regarding the availability of child sexual abuse and child pornographic material on Twitter in the form of various accounts and links, an FIR under relevant sections of IPC, IT Act and POCSO Act has been registered by the Cyber Crime Unit, and investigation has been taken up,” Delhi Police Public Relations Officer Chinmoy Biswal had said.

Parliament Standing Committee on Information Technology headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in June had asked Twitter to explain as to why t had blocked the accounts of Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.


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