The Congress on Saturday claimed that Twitter has "temporarily suspended" the account of its former chief Rahul Gandhi, but later said it has been "temporarily locked" after the microblogging platform denied having suspended the account, stating that it "continues to be in service".
This comes a day after Twitter removed a controversial post of Gandhi with a picture of him meeting the family of a nine-year-old Dalit girl who died following an alleged sexual assault. A message from Twitter read that the tweet had violated its rules.
"Shri @RahulGandhi's Twitter account has been temporarily suspended & due process is being followed for its restoration," the Congress tweeted from its official Twitter handle.
"Until then, he will stay connected with you all through his other SM platforms & continue to raise his voice for our people & fight for their cause.
Jai Hind!" the party said.
Twitter responds after Congress' claim
Responding to queries about Congress' claim, Twitter said it can confirm that the account has not been suspended and "continues to be on the service".
When any account is suspended, Twitter removes it from global view, the microblogging platform said. Tagging its previous tweet, Congress later tweeted, "The account has been temporarily locked."
Posting a picture of his meeting with the girl's family on Wednesday, Gandhi had tweeted in Hindi, "Parents' tears are saying only one thing -- their daughter, the daughter of this country, deserves justice. And I am with them on this path to justice."
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had asked the Delhi Police and Twitter on Wednesday to take action over Gandhi posting the photo of the girl's family on the microblogging website, saying it violates the Juvenile Justice Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Gandhi met the girl's family members on Wednesday and asserted that he is with them on the path to justice and "will not back down even an inch".