Do you know the answer to the question? What is the difference between Twitter India and North Korea? The answer is NONE!!!
Just like North Korea is run by a Dictator with no laws, no freedom of speech, no explanations for the actions of Kim Jong-un or his officers, Twitter India is run in the same way.
Between July 1 and July 3, Twitter India “permanently” suspended 28 handles run by me, each created with a different purpose, between 3 years ago and 3 weeks ago. Together, these 28 accounts had over 8,46,000 followers as on June 30, 2018. The largest account @MyVoteToday itself had more than 7,60,000 followers.
The reason – as per Twitter’s claims, creation of multiple accounts, fake followers and purpose of abuse.
1) Firstly, creation of multiple accounts is NOT a violation of Twitter’s policy, as its App itself allows you to create/add multiple accounts.
2) As far as fake followers are concerned, Twitter itself SOLD US fake followers. ALL (repeat, ALL) of Twitter accounts, including those of celebrities, with more than 10,000 followers, have fake followers. In any case, at 12.3%, our main account @MyVoteToday had far less fake followers than 90% of India’s big accounts.
3) Twitter has not been able to show us even ONE tweet of the last 365 days where any of our handles have abused someone.
For God’s sake, one of the suspended handles was @SportsPollsIND created the day the World Cup began and only doing polls or tweets on the World Cup.
Apparently, Twitter also complained of people reporting our handles as abusive. Yes, that is right. Those who lost the political polls on @MyVoteToday (and many of their supporters) constantly complained against @MyVoteToday. But isn’t that their freedom of speech, just as we have our own freedom of speech in conducting the polls.
OR AM I RIGHT IN COMPARING TWITTER INDIA WITH NORTH KOREA?
We are in the process of filing a criminal case of cheating and fraud in Indian courts, as well as a $300 million defamation suit against Twitter in USA. Best of luck to Twitter to try and prove themselves right.
Amit i am shocked to hear whats happening at Twitter!!!!!
I have read several of your tweets, and i rather enjoyed them, the are far from being abusive in my opinion.
I am suspicious of the Term “free speech” as read in the context of social media, unfortunately any opinion that is not in favour, of people who influence and or create “followers”is auto classified as “ABUSIVE”. The powers that influence social media will only use (read abuse) its reach, extent and ability for their gains.
Any polls or opinions expressed that may be independent (rare word nowadays) of any influence and that may reflect the REAL opinion or decision of the people, will be categorised as FAKE/ ABUSIVE etc…..
I think Twitter is under pressure here from “Someone” otherwise deleting all handles is absurd and unwarranted.
I wish you all the best in your endeavours.