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New Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar Loses Blue Tick on Twitter, Change of Handle Name to Blame

Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Sources said the move could be due to change of handle name from Rajeev MP to Rajeev GOI.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the new Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, has lost his blue tick on micro-blogging site, Twitter. The tech-entrepreneur is yet to issue a comment on this.

In a clarification, Twitter said according to its Twitter verification policy, if an account holder changes their username, Twitter may automatically remove the blue verified badge from an account. An account could also lose their verification if the account is inactive for a period of six months. “We are in touch with the Honorable Minister’s office and working to restore the verified blue badge," the site added.

Speaking on the Twitter row after taking charge, Chandrasekhar had said the “ministry doesn’t operate on a unilateral basis". “I have just taken the charge. The Ministry doesn’t operate on a unilateral basis and this has nothing to do with individual views and opinions. The Ministry will sit with the new Union Minister and address all these issues," he said about Twitter’s run-in with the government over the new IT Rules.

Earlier, in an affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court, the Central government informed that Twitter Inc had failed to fully comply with the IT Rules 2021 in spite of the three months time granted to all Significant Social Media Intermediaries (SSMIs). The deadline for complying with the new rules was May 26, 2021.

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A BJP Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, Chandrasekhar has worked in areas such as urban governance and veteran and armed forces issues.

Serving his third term in the Upper House, the 57-year-old son of a former Air Force officer, entered politics in 2006. In the previous two terms, he was an independent. Chandrasekhar founded BPL Mobile in 1994. He, however, exited the cellular sector in 2005, with BPL valuing at USD 1.1 billion at the time. In 2005, he founded Jupiter Capital, an investment and financial services firm.

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first published:July 12, 2021, 11:54 IST