Twitter India has restricted 50 tweets in connection with the alleged assault of an elderly Muslim man in Loni, Ghaziabad. According to Twitter officials, access to tweets pertaining to the video showing the alleged assault of Abdul Samad Saifi and his beard being cut off have been withheld.
Later, Saifi claimed in a Facebook live that the accused had offered him an auto ride, brought him to a remote location, and beaten him up while forcing him to chant “Jai Shri Ram.” The accused, however, allegedly assaulted him because he sold them a ‘tabeez’ (amulet) that they felt did not work.
“As explained in our Country Withheld Policy, it may be necessary to withhold access to certain content in response to a valid legal demand or when the content has been found to violate local law(s). The withholdings are limited to the specific jurisdiction/country where the content is determined to be illegal. We notify the account holder directly so they’re aware that we’ve received a legal order pertaining to the account by sending a message to the email address associated with the account(s), if available,” said Twitter in a statement.
Ghaziabad Police have arrested Twitter Inc., Twitter Communications India, and journalists Mohammed Zubar and Rana Ayyub in connection with an old man’s assault in the district.