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Twitter Bans Indian Actress over Hateful Posts

Twitter decided to ban famed Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut for violating the social media giant’s rules on hateful conduct and abusive behavior on its platform.

Ranaut has been known as one of the ardent supporters of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In her tweet on Monday, Ranaut shared a video on the microblogging site, urging for President’s Rule to be implemented in West Bengal after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) won the state elections against Modi’s nationalist party over the weekend.

This would allow TMC to retain control of the state government in West Bengal’s capital of Kolkata.

Following the election, Banerjee’s regional party was severely accused of the alleged violence that took place in West Bengal.

Ranaut then made a series of comments, describing Banerjee as an “unleashed monster” and urged Modi to use gangster tactics to “tame” the chief minister of West Bengal.

“We need super gundai (hooliganism in Hindi) to kill gundai… Modi ji (an honorific) please show your Virat roop (larger-than-life form) from the early 2000s,” the actress wrote in her tweet.

After confirming the permanent suspension of Ranaut’s account, Twitter released a statement on Tuesday and explained its reason for the move.

“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. The referenced account has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter Rules specifically our Hateful Conduct policy and Abusive Behaviour policy. We enforce the Twitter Rules judiciously and impartially for everyone on our service,” a spokesperson for Twitter said in a statement.

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