Twitter under fire for ‘censoring’ Hindu temple video from New York after pressure from Islamic groups
At a ceremony on Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the start of construction of a major new temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram, at the deity’s birthplace in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.Also on rt.com ‘Instrument to unite the country’: India’s Modi lays Hindu temple foundation at Ayodhya site won after long dispute with Muslims
However, the site sits at the heart of a 500-year dispute between Hindus and Muslims, with the former claiming that Mughal ruler Babur razed the original Ram Temple and built a mosque in its stead in the 16th century. This mosque was itself burned to the ground in 1992, sparking major riots.
Clumsily – and perhaps inadvertently – weighing on the centuries-long conflict, Twitter marked footage of a billboard honoring the event from Times Square in New York, shared by Jagdish Sewhani, president of the American India Public Affairs Committee, as “potentially sensitive content.”
This did not go unnoticed and sparked outrage among the online Hindu community, with some questioning why the video was hidden and marked as “sensitive,” with others calling for legal action to be taken against Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey.
Fanning the flames of pre-existing tensions even further, Twitter apparently opted not to censor any particularly inflammatory images from the counterprotests held by a number of Muslim and civil rights groups.
The Indian American Muslin Council shared images comparing India Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Hitler, under the hashtag #StopHindutvaFascism, but this was also not censored.
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