Kamlesh Tiwari’s murder has opened up a can of worms on social media with a vortex of abuse that would make hell’s deepest rung look pleasant in comparison.
Soon after the identity of the accused became public, Twitter became a hellhole with violent threats against members of a particular community.
While Twitter is a hellhole of abuse, what was shocking was that the social media platform didn’t feel the need to monitor or stop any of the abuse.
Even as this story is being published, a tag asking for Muslims to be banned altogether in India is still trending.
A swarm of Twitterati tagged Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, Twitter support, Twitter India and Twitter safety demanding action and questioning the integrity and hate policy of Twitter that allows the trends as such on its platform.
But given Twitter’s behaviour in the past, expecting them to take action against trolls would be optimistic to the point of foolishness.
Jack Dorsey – through his actions – has often shown no desire to check the abuse that makes Twitter such a magnet for the worst kind of cyber bullying.
Dear @TwitterIndia: There’s a policy against spreading hate on your platform. A hate tag asking for a boycott of Indian Muslims was trending. What are you going to do about it and its instigators? You know who they are. @jack @TwitterSupport— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) October 21, 2019
Until @TwitterIndia can figure out an reasonably acceptable solution for preventing the amplification of hate bots on the platform, they need to put the "Trending" feature on hold. https://t.co/ceRNBftWVj— Sachin Tandon (@cugwmui) October 21, 2019
Shame on you @Twitter .— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) October 20, 2019
How the hell you can allow a hateful trend like 'Complete Boycott of Muslims' on your platform.
BJP IT cell trending such hateful Anti Muslim trend and @TwitterIndia helping them.
Such genocidal hateful trend should be blocked. @TwitterSafety
"complete boycott of Muslims" #मुस्लिमो_का_संपूर्ण_बहिष्कार is trending on Twitter.— Zainab Sikander (@zainabsikander) October 20, 2019
The ultimate fantasy of sanghis to ostracize Muslims is finally out for everyone to see.
The Sabka Saath Sabka VISHWAS is just a veneer if PM Modi does not put an end to this Sanghi propaganda.
Brilliant. Twitter India is trending 'Complete boycott of Muslims'. Do not treat this as just a trend, this is a sentiment being stoked by our polity and media. Also slow clap @Twitter #मुस्लिमो_का_संपूर्ण_बहिष्कार— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) October 20, 2019
So twitter trends of last few days have been extremely divisive, hateful and derogatory.— Nazia Erum (@nazia_e) October 21, 2019
Twitter trends seem to be breaking new grounds on this front with every passing year.
Does the platform hold no responsibility at all?
Maulana Mohsin Sheikh (24), Khurshid Ahmed Pathan (23) and Faizan (21) -- three accused - have been arrested from Surat by a joint team of the Gujarat Police and the Uttar Pradesh Police in the case. Later, an Ahmedabad court granted 72-hour transit remand to three accused in the murder case of Kamlesh Tiwari.
The leader was stabbed and shot dead at his residence in Lucknow on Friday. The leader was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The assailants managed to flee after committing the crime.He was a former leader of Hindu Mahasabha.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to investigate his murder. According to the police, the accused killed Tiwari for his objectionable comments made by him in a speech in 2015.
With inputs from IANS.