Twitter unlocked the accounts of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders of the party on Saturday.
Besides Rahul Gandhi, the social media giant temporarily locked the accounts of nearly 5,000 Congress leaders and workers last week for posting and sharing pictures of the parents of a minor rape and murder victim in Delhi.
Rahul Gandhi’s last post on his Twitter handle was seen at 3:31 pm on August 6, 2021.
The other Congress leaders, whose Twitter accounts were also locked by the social media included KC Venugopal, Randeep Surjewala, Rohan Gupta, Pawan Khera and Manickam Tagore.
Twitter also deleted the controversial tweets from their accounts.
“As part of the appeal process, Rahul Gandhi has submitted a copy of the formal consent/authorisation letter to use the referenced image via our India Grievance Channel,” a media report quoted the Twitter spokesperson as saying.
“We have followed the necessary due diligence process to review the appeal in order to protect the safety and privacy of the affected individuals,” the Twitter spokesperson said.
“We have updated our enforcement action based on the consent provided by the people depicted in the image,” the spokesperson added.
The parents of the minor rape victim, who were depicted in the photo shared by former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Twitter, released a statement on Friday saying that they had no objection to any tweet or photo.
Rahul Gandhi along with other Congress leaders on August 4 met the parents of the 9-year-old girl who was allegedly raped, murdered and forcibly cremated in Delhi Cantt.
After the meeting, Rahul Gandhi uploaded a picture of himself along with the parents of the victim on his Twitter handle.
Informing about the unlocking of the Twitter accounts of Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders, former Union IT minister Sachin Pilot on his Twitter handle on Saturday wrote: “Twitter has restored @RahulGandhiji,
@INCIndia and other accounts. Congress party and its leaders will keep continuing to raise voice for truth and justice.”
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) August 14, 2021