Twitter Let Dozens Of Tweets Doxing Indian Interfaith Couples Stay Up For Months
For nearly two months, tweets by far-right Hindu nationalists in India doxing dozens of young interfaith couples — usually Muslim men marrying Hindu women — circulated on Twitter.
“This is going to be a long thread,” one of the accounts involved in the doxing said, following it up with 17 more tweets. Each tweet contained pictures of government documents including names, ages, occupations, addresses, and photographs of Hindu-Muslim couples in India. “Look at these pictures,” another tweet from the same account said. “Who instigates these couples to get together? It can’t be that they just ‘fall in love.’”
On Monday, as outrage mounted in India, Twitter finally took down some of the largest threads, even though people had been reporting them for weeks.
But more than half a dozen other tweets doxing interfaith couples remained after the first takedowns. One of them included a tweet from a politician from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, who tweeted the address of an Indian actor who allegedly converted to Islam. Twitter took down these posts after BuzzFeed News asked about them.
None of the accounts whose tweets were taken down were suspended.
A Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, “Posting a person’s private information without their consent is a direct violation of the Twitter Rules and one may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so.”
In India, one of Twitter’s fastest-growing markets, the controversial Special Marriage Act requires interfaith couples to announce their intent to get married to the government and wait 30 days for approval, during which the couple’s application is put up for public scrutiny at the marriage registration department. The law is currently being challenged in the Indian Supreme Court, with a petitioner calling it “unjust, illegal, and unconstitutional.”
But despite the controversies,