Twitter has suspended the account of a little-known ex-journalist and known Hindutva supporter on social media after she issued a genocide threat, widely interpreted as against Indian Muslims.
This was after the microblogging site came under considerable attack for refusing to act against Jagrati Shukla despite hundreds of complaints filed against her.
in her tweet, this little known ex-journalist had urged people understandably Hindus to carry lethal weapons to kill Muslims before they could kill ‘us.’
Later she had clarified that she was referring to terrorists and not Muslims. But her tweet had evoked angry reactions from journalists and social media users with many even reporting to Twitter asking the microblogging site to suspend her account and remove her verified status.
Faced with unprecedented Twitter outrage, Shukla had flaunted the response from the social media giant, which first refused to take any action against her. However, late in the night, Twitter suspended her account.
Twitter later restored her account after she agreed to delete the objectionable tweet.
Shukla’s tweet was posted in the wake of the communal riots in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj, where one youth was killed after Hindutva supporters tried to stop a group of Muslims from hoisting the Indian national flag on Republic Day. Ironically, Shukla had claimed to be an atheist even though her tweets were vile in nature often aimed against Muslims.
Post Kasganj communal riots, many past and present journalists were condemned for spreading lies on social media in order to deliberately cause violence. They included Aaj Tak acnhors, Sweta Singh and Rohit Sardana. Senior journalist Abhisar Sharma had taken to Facebook Live to slam Aaj Tak and its journalists for spreading lies on Kasganj.