Twitter temporarily restricts Indian milk producer Amul for cartoons made against China
A few days back we had described how Google was sucking up to China by removing anti-Chinese apps like Remove China App or barring the words like Communist Bandit and Falun on its platforms. Now we have another social media giant, Twitter following suit. The microblogging giant Twitter temporarily banned Amul’s Twitter handle for making sarcastic cartoons against China.
Amul is an Indian dairy cooperative, based at Anand in the state of Gujarat. Formed in 1946, it is a cooperative brand managed by a cooperative body, the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd., which today is jointly owned by 3.6 million milk producers in Gujarat. Amul has been following the tradition of making cartoons with the Amul baby Rea describing the current trends in India and the world. In fact, the Amul baby Rea cartoons have made it to Limca Book of Records for the longest-running advertisement featuring a sarcastic take on current news affairs.
Twitter’s latest ban on Amul’s account comes amidst rising border tensions between India and China. Chinese short video uploading App, Tik-Toks non-existent moderation has roused a strong anti-China feeling amongst Indians when it let a popular TikToker make a joke about Acid abuse victims.
Amul posted a sarcastic cartoon depicting the current border tensions with China which read “Exit the Dragon”. Rea is the leading cartoon character for the advertisement of Amul all over the globe.
The image started a discussion on social media, especially on Twitter with the users left guessing what was pun behind Amul’s Exit the Dragon cartoon. Amul has long supported the boycott of Chinese products and vocal for local. In the cartoon, the familiar Amul girl is seen rescuing India from the dragon. The Chinese Tick-Talk app appears on the tail of the dragon. Next to Amul is written in bold letters next to Made in India.
Utterly butterly delicious #Amul
— Vishu Vasava (@Vishal___Vasava) June 6, 2020
The main Twitter handle of Amul displayed a warning saying “This account has been temporarily closed. You are seeing this warning due to some unusual activity from this account. Do you still want to see it?” But it was back to normal as twitter unbanned the Amul’s official handle.
— 🇮🇳🇮🇳Hindu Sanatan Aditya🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@Aditya79654415) June 5, 2020
We have asked Twitter why we were not taken into confidence before such a ban was imposed. At least we should have given some information. However, Twitter has not yet given any reaction to Amul.
GCMMF Managing Director R. s. Sodhi said
— India News (@dailyindia) June 6, 2020
The reason for Twitter’s restricting Amul is not known but it seems that the microblogging website doesn’t want to hurt the Chinese communist regime. The question remains, why should Twitter want to please the PLA led China regime when Twitter is blocked in China. It looks like Twitter like Google is looking to enter the world’s most populous country by placating them.
Latest update from Amul:
Had a call from Shari Manish Maheshwari MD Twitter India ,clarifying the issue that the account was blocked due to technical reasons and not in relation to the content published. @Amul_Coop @TwitterIndia
— R S Sodhi (@Rssamul) June 6, 2020