In a shocking development, Twitter removed Blue verified badge from the personal Twitter handle of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. The Blue verified badge denotes that the respective handle is authentic or not. However, the official account of the Vice President of India – @VPSecratariat has still blue tick adjacent to the name.
As of this writing, Twitter has restored the Blue Tick for the personal account of the Vice President. According to Twitter, the blue tick will be removed if the account is inactive for a long time. Naidu hasn’t tweeted any post since July 23, 2020, and the account has got 1.3 million followers.
Twitter also removed blue verification tick of several RSS leaders like Arun Kumar, Krishna Gopal and Suresh “Bhaiyyaji” Joshi, Suresh Soni and Aniruddha Deshpande. However, the official handle of Mohan Bhagwaty continues to bear blue tick.
The blue tick verified badge is provided to those Twitter accounts who are recongnized in their area of interests. This includes celeberities, political personalities, journalists among others. The account should be authentic, notable and active to receive the blue badge. That being said, Twitter can remove blue tick badge from the respective verified account if the account handle changes the username or an account becomes inactive. Moreover, verified badges can also be removed from those Twitter accounts that are found to be repetedly violating the policies framed by the company.
The new development comes at a time when Twitter is engaged in a direct face-off with the Modi Government over the revised IT rules. The company framed a wide range of IT rules on February 25 and asked social media platforms to comply with the rules.
Even though all major social media platforms complied with the new IT rules, Twitter was adamant and refused to divulge any information. The MeitY has asked Twitter to stop acting like a Digital East India company and comply with the laws of the land. Moreover, notices were served personally at Twitter India office and this could have irked Twitter.