#RahulSpeaksToArnab Triggers: Vishal Dadlani Twitter Controversy, Mahesh Murthy’s Facebook Post Taken Down And More

About the social media controversy that erupted after #RahulSpeaksToArnab which involves the Vishal Dadlani Tweet, Mahesh Murthy Facebook post take down and more

Rahul gandhi social media

Rahul gandhi social media

Power is no more centralized. Thanks to social media, the common man has become a publisher and a powerful one at that. Many are not happy with this newly gained power and hence the debate over regulating and blocking social media. The recent mayhem and backlash on social media over Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s interview with TIMES NOW Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has reopened the debate.

Just a day before, the Gandhi scion appeared for a personal interview for the first time in 10 years. Projected as the biggest political move by the Congress before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, this interview backfired. Rahul’s answers on several crucial questions were disappointing and vague.

Termed as historic initially, the interview became the butt of jokes on social media and began trending on Facebook and Twitter soon after. Apart from the Congress party supporters, everybody else expressed surprise or disgust on social media. Have a read here: 33 Hilarious Tweets On #RahulSpeaksToArnab

 Vishal Dadlani tweet controversy

Along with the regular Twitter users and the armchair thinkers, celebrities have been quite vocal about the interview too. Well known Bollywood music director, Vishal Dadlani, shared his frustration on Twitter, which irked a lot of staunch political supporters.

Though the tweet didn’t make any direct references, it apparently targeted the BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. The tweet created fireworks once the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Founder of Aam Aadmi party retweeted  it. This was followed by some serious trolling by supporters from both the camps labeling Vishal as misinformed, publicity-seeking and worse. Vishal took all the beating in his stride and had some curt replies to his haters.

Mahesh Murthy’s Facebook post upheld

While this was going on, Mahesh Murthy, the man with multiple hats and an online influencer, was questioned for his freedom of expression on social media. Mahesh, who has been quite vocal about the Rahul Gandhi interview on social media, had to face the heat. Someone asked Facebook to take down his posts claiming it contained “pornography or nudity”.  The below tweet shows the Facebook take down request.

If that wasn’t enough even the screenshot of the Facebook post was reported to Facebook to be taken down on the same grounds.

Spoof video of Rahul Gandhi taken down

Clearly humour and truth is not appreciated by politicians in the country. In a separate incident, recently a spoof video of Rahul Gandhi’s much talked-about speech delivered in the AICC meeting earlier this month, created by Rohit Iyengar, was removed four days after it was uploaded on YouTube. In fact his AICC talk might have made the party proud but social media took no time to rip it off again.

The video had amassed 229,319 views, 276 comments, 2,853 likes and 128 dislikes before it was removed by YouTube. The original link now says that the video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Desi Records. However, YouTube refused to divulge any ownership details of Desi Records citing privacy issues.

Meanwhile Rohit the creator who calls himself ‘just a nobody’ from Illinois made an amazing video apology and has posted it on YouTube. The video has more than 8K views already with 246 people liking it.

Twitter takes down cartoons of Manjul and puts its back later

Last but not the least, cartoonists in the country have not been spared too. Recently three cartoons of Manjul, the Chief Cartoonist at Daily News & Analysis (DNA) were blocked by Twitter. One of the tweet which was blocked twice and finally got released had Rahul Gandhi.

When it comes to Rahul Gandhi, the Congress party clearly lacks humour. Rahul may become the PM if the party comes again into power.

Social media and the take down notices

Over the years, social media take down notices requested by the Indian government have increased drastically. In the Transparency Report H1 2013, Twitter informed that the Indian government made less than 10 requests but there were no further details. However, Twitter did state that it withheld 3 tweets made from the country.

Facebook in its first Transparency Report stated that after US, India stood at the second spot; India made 3,245 total requests along with 4144 users or account requests to Facebook in the January-June period of 2013. However, only 50 percent of Indian requests were addressed by Facebook. In the same year Yahoo disclosed in its report that the Indian government made 490 data requests in the first half of 2013.

If we go by the data, these numbers would increase depending on how transparent social networking companies would be in the coming years. But clearly social media will witness more such online controversies in the near future. After all the common man is rising once again with social media.