New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is upset with Twitter for removing the verified badge (blue tick) from the official handles of the two top sangh leaders.
In a tweet on Saturday (June 5) morning, RSS Delhi media in-charge Rajiv Tuli said that the blue tick on the of RSS joint general secretaries Suresh Soni and Arun Kumar’s handles have been removed.
@TwitterIndia @verified removed blue ticks of these handles of @RSSorg office bearers. We are to get in touch but no one responds. Strange. So the vice-president @MVenkaiahNaidu is not the only one. @payalmehta100 @PayalKamat @misskaul @vikasbha @ravindrak2000 @nistula pic.twitter.com/ALOXvZ1yw0
— rajiv tuli (@rajivtuli69) June 5, 2021
The microblogging site uses the verified badge to notify the authenticity of handles which are of public interest. It is aimed to enhance public trust by confirming the authenticity of the handle. Soni is the senior-most RSS joint general secretary and is considered number three in the sangh hierarchy. He is followed by more than 33,000 people including Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Kumar, on the other hand, has recently been promoted to the post of seh sarkaryavah. He is among the top 10 RSS leaders. He has more than 35,000 followers on twitter. Tuli had also tweeted about Twitter removing the verified badge from Venkaiah Naidu’s personal handle.
“We are to get in touch but no one responds. Strange. So the vice-president”; Tuli tweeted. The blue tick on the Vice-President’s personal account was, however, restored with Twitter clarifying that “the referenced account has been inactive since July 2020.
As explained in the Twitter verification policy, Twitter may remove the blue verified badge and verified status if the account becomes inactive or is incomplete. Inactivity is based on logging in. To keep the account active, the account holder must make sure to log in at least every 6 months.”
Seven top RSS leaders including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat joined the micro-blogging site in 2019.The decision to register on Twitter by these leaders was taken after much deliberation so stop the spread of mis-information through parody accounts.
The Central government has recently been at loggerheads with Twitter when the micro blogging site labelled tweets on alleged Congress ‘toolkit’ by some BJP leaders as manipulated.