Twitter the 140 character platform known to stand by freedom of speech is once again under dark clouds for suspending accounts in India. While we are not sure what has motivated Twitter India to do so but it is already trending on its own platform for blocking a well known satire journalist Rahul Roushan.
Rahul, founder of Faking News which got acquired by Network 18 last year, was suspended from Twitter for hours.
The account has been now restored but not before losing 4K Twitter followers:
Looks like the account is restored. Have lost 4k followers. #FollowRahulRoushanToProtestAgainstTwitterIndia
— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) November 1, 2014
Anyway, Artificial Intelligence project is working. Twitter India has been able to develop an algorithm that has “intelligent glitches”. — Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) November 1, 2014
Rahul isn’t the only one, another Twitter handle – @Stupidosaur has come forward and stated that even he was suspended:
Maybe in trying to clean up the mess, this time Twitter rolled out some new algorithms/criteria which were a little too severe. — StupidosaurOn (@Stupidosaur) November 1, 2014
While there isn’t any official statement from Twitter India on the matter, users are sure Twitter is playing dictator
Hey Twitter India team are you taking up moral science classes or some good behaviour classes? That too based on your own faulty judgement. — shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) November 1, 2014
Twitter India run by Taliban? @rupasubramanya: Twitter also warned me if I don’t change my “behaviour” I may be permanently suspended
— Jiten Gajaria (@jitengajaria) November 1, 2014
This is BJP Govt & Twitter India under a Jehadi political head dares to suspend pro-BJP handles. Now imagine it were UPA-3.
— iMac_too (@iMac_too) November 1, 2014
— The UnReal Times (@TheUnRealTimes) November 1, 2014
However, Shiv Aroor, journalist at Headlines Today tweeted a while ago that no accounts were suspended and it was a technical bug:
Everyone calm down. Confirmed. No Twitter accounts suspended. I hear there’s a technical bug that’s being sorted out.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) November 1, 2014
Shiv might need to get his sources right at Twitter India, meanwhile users have questioned the selection of accounts by Twitter’s algorithm:
The story is developing and we will update this as as and when there is a word from Twitter India. We haven’t approached Twitter India as it hardly responds on such matters.
We have a response from Twitter India on the matter and it is really cold. The tweet states the accidental suspension of accounts has been resolved and the inconvenience is regretted.
The issue with the accidental suspension of some accounts has been resolved. Regret the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience.
— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) November 1, 2014