Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Rahul Gandhi hopes Twitter will now act against hate speech

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi hoped on Friday that Twitter would now act against hate speech, check facts more robustly and not stifle the voice of the opposition in India, soon after billionaire Elon Musk took over the social media giant and fired four of its top executives.
Gandhi’s Twitter handle was temporarily locked after he shared a picture of a rape victim and received a notice from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). He had not used his account on the microblogging website for some time after that. The Congress leader has been using his Twitter handle to attack the Narendra Modi government often.
“Congrats @elonmusk. I hope @Twitter will now act against hate speech, fact check more robustly, and will no longer stifle the opposition’s voice in India due to government pressure,” Gandhi tweeted.
Musk closed the deal to buy Twitter and tweeted: “The bird is freed”, soon after completing the whopping USD 44 billion takeover of the website and firing four of its top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal and legal executive Vijaya Gadde.
Citing people with knowledge of the situation, a news report said Musk “has started cleaning the house at Twitter with the firings of at least four top executives”.
Besides Agrawal and Gadde, Twitter’s chief financial officer Ned Segal and general counsel Sean Edgett were also fired.
“At least one of the executives who was fired was escorted out of Twitter’s office,” the report said.
Gandhi also shared a graph of “manipulation” of his Twitter handle.
It highlighted how, between August 2021 and February 2022, the new followers of the Congress leader were suppressed. Gandhi claimed that he had made 20 appeals to Twitter, even as the social media giant denied any wrongdoing.
The graph also shows from January 2021, Gandhi’s Twitter account saw the number of new followers growing and after February 2022, it started growing again.

Will review GST if Cong assumes power: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said if the party comes to power at the Centre, there would be a revisit of GST (goods and services tax).
Addressing a gathering in Mahabubnagar District as part of his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra,’ he alleged that the existing faulty GST regime and Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s demonetisation in 2016 ruined small and medium businesses.
“When our government assumes power in Delhi, we will revisit GST and there will be only one tax (slab) not five (slabs),” he said. He promised that if the Congress comes to power in Telangana, the Forest Rights Act would be implemented in toto for the benefit of adivasis. Dubbing Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, also known as KCR, as the ‘rajah’ of the State, Gandhi said KCR’s motto is to grab land and money of the people of Telangana.
He alleged that BJP and TRS work in tandem and the latter supports all the Bills introduced by the NDA government in Parliament. “On the one hand, BJP is spreading hatred and on the other TRS supports it. Whatever BJP wants TRS fulfils it in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha,” he said. According to him, unemployment is at the highest level and the youth, after spending lakhs of rupees on their education, are unsure of their future.
He said he met handloom weavers today during his march and he learned that the GST has ruined their lives.
Though it is not easy to walk everyday for seven or eight hours as part of the yatra, the love and affection shown by the people makes it possible, he added.

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