Highlights

  • Rahul Gandhi's account got suspended in August for 8 days
  • Senior Congress leader includes follower analysis of his twitter account as per WSJ

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Rahul Gandhi is reaching out to the Indo-American CEO of Twitter, Parag Agrawal urging him to "not allow Twitter to become a pawn in the destruction of the idea of India".

WSJ reports that the senior Congress leader's letter dated December 27 states, “I want to bring your attention to what I believe is Twitter’s unwitting complicity in curbing free and fair speech in India.” Gandhi then goes on to include an analysis of data from his Twitter account showcasing how his follower growth has halted post his Twitter curb in August.

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The WSJ claims to have independently verified the claim using two social media analytics companies Emplifi and Social Blade. The analysis shows that he gained on an average nearly four lakh new users per month from January to July 2021. This figure sharply dipped post the suspension. From September to December, the data shows, that per month he has gained less than 2,500 followers.

In the letter the Former Congress President alleges "I have been reliably, albeit discreetly, informed by people at Twitter India that they are under immense pressure by the government to silence my voice. My account was even blocked for a few days for no legitimate reason. There were many other Twitter handles, including Government ones, which had tweeted similar photos of the same people. None of those accounts were blocked. My account was singularly targeted," he added.


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