Twitter removes blue verification tick from Bhagwat, other RSS functionaries' accounts; restores later after getting panned

Senior RSS functionaries including Bhagwat had joined Twitter in July 2019

Twitter removes blue verification tick from Bhagwat, other RSS functionaries' accounts; restores later after getting panned

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat. — PTI

New Delhi, June 5

Social media giant Twitter on Saturday removed the blue verification tick from the accounts of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and other senior functionaries, only to restore it after a lot of hue and cry by Sangh sympathisers on social media.

Taking strong objection, Rajiv Tuli, a functionary in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) Delhi unit, told PTI that this "clearly shows biasness and a clear example of 'tech feudalism' by Twitter".

He cited several Twitter handles which have been "inactive but continue to remain verified".

The blue tick, which is a verification badge, was removed from five accounts belonging to senior functionaries of the RSS, the ruling BJP's ideological mentor,  sources in the Sangh said.

Later in the day, the verification badge of Bhagawat, Suresh Soni, Arun Kumar, Suresh Joshi and Krishna Gopal was restored.

Tuli said it was "done after much heckling".

Senior RSS functionaries including Bhagwat had joined Twitter in July 2019.

Sources in the Sangh said that the accounts were created to "check the spread of misinformation by parody accounts".

Earlier in the day, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu's verification badge was also removed, which was later restored. — PTI

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