NEW YORK - Twitter Inc. under Elon Musk has reinstated several previously suspended Hindu nationalist accounts that were popular in India, one of its largest markets by users, with human-rights groups saying the move has spurred a resurgence of divisive religious material on the platform, writes Newley Purnell in the Wall Street Journal.
Some of the accounts that were suspended had been reported for posting hate speech aimed at religious minorities in India, according to groups that reported them. Upon their return in recent weeks, some have tweeted material denigrating Muslims and others.
The tweets include a debunked video that the person who posted it claimed showed a Muslim cleric spitting on rice before serving it to others, another calling Pakistani Muslims “rectums,” and a retweet of a user who called the Quran “the source of all evil.”
Twitter last week blocked more than 50 tweets containing the first episode of a BBC documentary that examined Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s leadership during deadly 2002 Hindu-Muslim riots in Gujarat when he was chief minister of the state, according to the Indian government.
Human-rights groups say they are alarmed that Mr. Musk has in recent months interacted on Twitter with accounts they say espouse views of Hindu supremacy. Mr. Musk in November responded with a laughing emoji to one user’s tweet criticizing “leftists.”
The same user has in the past tweeted support of the theory that Muslim men in India trick Hindu women into marriage to force them to convert to Islam.