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Twitter India summoned by Parliamentary Panel
There was a time when the BJP's unemployed IT youth brigade was in absolute control of all social media platforms before the Congress party's shameful defeat in 2014.

You write a word against Narendra Modi or any luminary of the Saffron Brigade and lo, a dozen of icons with the most threatening figures and names would chase you in the meanest language including profanities. The Congress party was steeped in absolute slumber those days. It didn't realise the impact of social media platforms. The neutral scribes were feeling lonely in the digital world. It was a cake walk for the RSS / BJP juggernaut. The BJP team had successfully implemented its radical agenda and got away.

"If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself."…….Joseph Goebbels 

In the Swati Chaturvedi's book 'I am a Troll: Inside BJP's Secret Digital Army,' the testimony of Sadhavi Khosla, a former volunteer with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who had made the most explosive revelation in the book, saying that the BJP's social media cell had instructed its vast online support base to put pressure on e-commerce company 'Snapdeal' to drop actor Amir Khan as its brand ambassador after the latter made strong comments criticising the government in 2015. And the similar instruction was relayed by the same unit regarding the boycott of Shah Rukh Khan's movie Dilwale, after the actor spoke up against the rise of intolerance in India under the current government. 

The troll army of the RSS / BJP had always thrived on misogyny, Islam-o-phobia, hatred against anyone who was against RSS ideology, and go-Pakistan. In most cases, the BJP troll would respond with disagreement to rebuttal to vile abuse. It was swift followed with gutter jargon. The worse would go in for if the target of attack happens to be a woman or anyone from the minority communities. 

They would use threats of sexual violence and then all sort of violence. Swati Chaturvedi has listed the most popular of these handles that regularly tweet out filth with some of whom she's had close encounters online. Police complaints and reporting on Twitter have yielded almost nothing. It was ironic that, according to Swati, dozens of these handles were followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

As the tables are turned against the BJP and the defeats of all states recently bear witness to that today, Congress party and rest of the Opposition have become SMART under the wounds they received in past. Their IT cells are doing wonderful jobs and public appears to be no longer believe in NaMo slogans. The shoe is on the other foot, the BJP is getting the taste of its own medicine. 

And we listen to a different 'Breaking News.' 

Twitter India summoned by parliamentary panel to discuss 'safeguarding citizens' rights.' Suddenly,Twitter India has been summoned before the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology to discuss the issue of safeguarding citizens' rights on the social media platform. The panel has also called officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) and the meeting will be held on February 11 at 3 pm in New Delhi. 

And the meeting will be headed by BJP leader Anurag Thakur. The panel will discuss a range of issues concerning the use of social media. This development comes amid protests against Twitter India over its "anti-right-wing bias". Earlier this week, the members of Youth for Social Media Democracy, a right-wing group, protested outside its office alleging that the company was blocking right-wing accounts. 

The ruling party knows that Social Media will play a huge role and influence in the coming general elections. Social media will be the real game changer. Let us recall that Narendra Modi had got huge social media attention. He himself had hosted a political conference on Google+ hangouts. 

The social media today is stronger and more persuasive than television in influencing people. With the foul mouth TV anchors / news editors / readers sold out to obey the dictates of establishment, no one believes in the idiot box. The Media Houses are no longer Media Houses but Business Houses that serve the parochial interests of its masters. 

In a world where, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become everyday places to hangout, the consequent responsibility of using these platforms honestly and properly is the only way out. It is imperative for the government to get together all stakeholders of civil society and try and address the issue of balancing media freedom with media regulation.

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