Twitter Drops Blue Tick Verified Status From Mohan Bhagwat, Other RSS Members' Accounts

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New Delhi, June 5: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat and several other functionaries of the organisation lost their blue tick verification badges on Twitter today. Microblogging social media site Twitter removed blue tick verified status from the accounts of Mohan Bhagwat, Suresh Soni, Arun Kumar, Suresh Joshi, Krishna Kumar and other RSS members. Twitter Restores Verified Blue Tick of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s Personal Handle After Removing It for Few Hours.

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Earlier today, Twitter removed the blue verified tick badge from the personal account of India's Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu for a few hours. The blue tick badge was however later restored. A source in Vice President's office told IANS that Twitter said that Venkaiah Naidu's personal account had been inactive for long, hence, the algorithm was removed automatically. Zerodha Founder Nithin Kamath's Verification Request Rejected by Twitter; Twitterati Are Furious.

Vice President Naidu posted last tweeted from his personal handle on July 23 last year about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and worshipper of Goddess Bhawani. According to Twitter, the blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic. To be verified, an account must be notable, authentic, and active.

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The action against members of the RSS, which is the ideological mentor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), comes at a time when a standoff between Twitter and the government is on over the new IT rules for social media companies. Twitter has been issued a final notice for compliance of the new IT rules failing which it will face "consequences", the government said today.

"Twitter Inc. is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the Rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India," the government said.

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