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Did Twitter block Amul for lampooning China? Micro-blogging site cites 'security processes'

Image Credit: Amul Twitter

Did Twitter block Amul for lampooning China? Micro-blogging site cites 'security processes'

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 07 Jun 2020, 01:17 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Micro-blogging site Twitter on Saturday cited "security processes" after it had temporarily blocked Amul, the Indian dairy major known for its topical spoof ads, following posting of a "Made in India" advertisement by the company, urging consumers to boycott Chinese products in line with the popular post-Covid-19 sentiments.

The Twitter account was blocked on Jun 4 evening and was restored on the very next day.

In an email statement, Twitter spokesperson said as quoted in the media, "Safety and security of the accounts is a key priority for us and to ensure an account has not been compromised sometimes we require the account owner to complete a simple reCAPTCHA process.

"These challenges are simple for authentic account owners to solve, but difficult (or costly) for spammy or malicious account owners to complete."

"To protect the accounts, we routinely require them to clear this security key for login verification," the spokesperson added.

The advertisement shows the iconic Amul girl  staying away from a dragon which carries a "Made in China" placard.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had signed an executive order targeting social media companies like Twitter after the micro-blogging site called two of his tweets "potentially misleading."

Amid the growing anti-China feeling in the country, a new app named 'Remove China Apps' was found in Google Play Store.

The app, when installed and accessed, was used to detect and delete all Chinese apps.

After millions of Indian downloaded the application, Google had taken down the app.

All these are happening at a time the world is on an edge due to pandemic Covid-19 which had originated in China's Wuhan.

Earlier popular video sharing platform YouTube has admitted that it automatically deleted comments which criticised  China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP), India Blooms' sister company Just Earth News had reported.

“Upon review by our teams, we have confirmed this was an error in our enforcement systems and we are working to fix it as quickly as possible,” a YouTube spokesperson told The Verge.

However, YouTube, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, said it was not the result of any change in its moderation policy.

(Image Credit: Amul Twitter)

Did Twitter block Amul for lampooning China? Micro-blogging site cites 'security processes'

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