Free speech under attack by licensed trolls: Congress party after Twitter accounts hacked

Rahul Gandhi said the hacking was a huge question mark on the safety and security of the government's Digital India initiative.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2016 12:00 pm
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The Congress Party on Thursday termed the hacking of its Twitter account @INCIndia as well as that of its vice president Rahul Gandhi as an attack on the freedom of speech and the right to disagree.

Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala suggested that the two accounts were compromised by ‘lumpen fascists’. “First @OfficeOfRG & now @INCIndia hacked by lumpen fascists. Free speech & right to disagree in India is under attack by licensed trolls. Such despotic &vulgar attempts reflect the extremities of an intolerant culture that resorts to abuse when cornered and left answer less.”

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Surjewala further said the party has fought hatred and animosity with ‘Gandhian compassion and tolerance’. He also questioned the security measures put in place by the government at a time when it has been pushing its Digital India initiative. “Cyber attacks on @INCIndia & @OfficeOfRG exposes the vulnerability of cyber security & Digital platforms in India. An eye opener for Modiji!”

Reacting to the hacking of his Twitter account, Rahul Gandhi, too, said it was a huge question mark on the safety and security of the government’s Digital India initiative.