Within hours of removing the blue verification mark from Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s personal account, Twitter reinstated it on Saturday. The social media behemoth took immediate action after the removal of the verification tick sparked widespread outrage on social media.
Several social media users pointed out that even if some profiles are inactive, they still display the blue tick. At the same time, the vice president of India’s official handle was still being authenticated. Naidu has 1.3 million followers on his personal account, which he opened in August 2013. The account handle’s final tweet, however, was sent on July 23, 2020. The removal of the verification badge from the vice president’s personal account, according to a Twitter spokeswoman, is to blame.
This incident occurs at a time when Twitter, based in San Francisco, is in a legal battle with the government over the new IT Rules, which were released on February 25. Twitter has been admonished by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to follow the “law of the land.”