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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Twitter back to its old tricks – Hindu voices being suppressed

Twitter has once again bared its anti-Hindu fangs by suspending director Vivek Agnihotri‘s Twitter account. The director has been never minced words when it comes to revealing the true face of Urban Naxals.

As per reports, Agnihotri’s account has been suspended because of his upcoming film titled “The Kashmir Files” which brings to light the story of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the nineties due to jihadist insurgency. Going by the microblogging site’s history, it hardly comes as a surprise that it chose to silence Vivek despite the fact there has been no apparent violation of the site’s rules.

If it is the story of Vivek’s film that’s bothering the social media platform then it is appalling, to say the least. It is not the business of Twitter to dictate the storyline of any movie besides arbitrarily suspending the director’s account not just violates his freedom of speech but also raises questions on the neutrality of the platform.

But if precedence is anything to go by, then the microblogging site is known to silence pro-Hindu and pro-Bharat voices. In December last year, Journalist Aarti Tikoo’s account had been blocked after she tweeted that her brother’s life is being threatened by jihadi terrorists sitting in Kashmir and their handlers in Pakistan, the UK, and the US.

It is probably the hard-hitting facts brought out by these voices that scare those controlling the platform. True Indology was hounded by Twitter for sharing inconvenient truths. He was even bullied by ex-Mizoram governor Swaraj Kaushal, husband of former External Affairs Minister Late Sushma Swaraj, last July when highlighted facts regarding Mizo history from his new account Bharadwaj Speaks.

The platform has not only been suppressing Indic voices but also manipulating the narrative as was evident when it marked tweets revealing the Congress toolkit document as ‘manipulated media’. It had used the same tag for BJP IT in-charge Amit Malviya’s tweets questioning Rahul Gandhi. The manner in which the microblogging site had a showdown with the Bharatiya government and refused to comply with the new IT rules was another instance where the company revealed its supremacist side.

Earlier, Twitter and FB manipulation was restricted to shadow banning of influential RW/Hindu accounts, sudden suspensions of accounts, and prioritizing complaints by left-liberals over those by Hindus. But now their liberal bias is coming out in the open and the suspension of Vivek Agnihotri’s account is the latest instance when the platform has silenced Hindus.

All of these instances highlight the need for Bharat to have its own digital ecosystem. Desi app Koo is one such platform that can emerge as a viable alternative to Twitter and FB. However, there is an urgent need for more such platforms to step up to the challenge if we wish to truly have a digital footprint where indigenous voices won’t be suppressed. Similarly, these indigenous platforms must scale up their features to bring them at par with western social media sites.

In this digital age, it is essential that Bharat has its own space where pro-Hindu and pro-Bharat voices won’t be suppressed only because they bring out truths that are unpalatable to the Abrahamo-leftists. And sites such as Twitter must remember that their function is only to provide a platform for people to express their views and not stifle opinions.

(Featured Image Source: IANS)

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