Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account status changed to locked amid violations

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (image: Twitter/RahulGandhi)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (image: Twitter/RahulGandhi)

New Delhi : The Congress on Saturday claimed that its leader Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account has been 'temporarily locked' after the social media platform countered the party's claim that his account has been 'temporarily suspended'.

Rahul Gandhi's account has not been suspended and it continues to be on service, a Twitter spokesperson told NDTV. When any account is suspended, it is removed from global view, Twitter said, adding they were looking into the Congress claim.

The Congress, first said that the account has been suspended and then later updated the tweet to locked.

The update comes a day after Twitter removed a controversial post on the account in which Rahul Gandhi was seen meeting a Dalit girl who died after being allegedly raped in Delhi. A message from Twitter read that the tweet had violated its rules.

Generally, once a user's tweet is taken down for violation of rules, they are not allowed to tweet for 24 hours. Revealing the identities of sexual assault victims or their families is illegal in India and may count as a violation.