New Delhi: Twitter launched a new feature today! Modelled on Instagram stories, ‘fleets’ are short-term tweets that disappear after 24 hours, and Twitter’s loyal fanbase had mixed reactions to this new addition.
And some people just don’t get it. Here are comedian Vir Das and actor Amitabh Bachchan on the subject of ‘fleets’.
I grew up in Nigeria. When we were six years old INS Vikrant paid Lagos a visit. We got to see four ships, and the choppers on board them.
Till date, the only #fleet I have cared about.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 10, 2020
T 3559 – OKaaayyyyy .. so FLEET .. what is this .. and can you educate me Twitter so I can start using it ..
Mt Ef Barun just told me and gave me a link but .. then 🤔😗
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 10, 2020
Meanwhile, and outbreak of several spats on the microblogging site. Check it out:
One battle that received a lot of attention, was between India Today anchor Rajdeep Sardesai and BJP leader Amit Malviya. It all began after Malviya allegedly falsely claimed that Gujarat’s death rate is lower than Delhi and Mumbai on live TV. What ensued was a series of claims and counterclaims.
I knew, after being called out for peddling #FakeNews on live TV to malign Gujarat and the BJP, you would attempt a come back!
Here is the data of Covid death rate per million. Delhi followed by Maharashtra are worst performers.
Your malicious obsession with Gujarat is well know! https://t.co/iBXhO13VnA pic.twitter.com/7SqAPxvWav
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) June 9, 2020
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Here’s another duel: BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi went back on a promise to reply to cricketer Irfan Pathan’s allegations of racism in the country. Find out why.
Though I had decided not to talk about religion with any Muslim, no matter how liberal & close friend he or she may be. But your tweet has provoked me to ask a ? about giving a thought to the religious concept of Kafir or heathen (Hindus)in Ind ^ Pak,posting social media updates! https://t.co/8W9hXwww8f
— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) June 9, 2020
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi continues to needle the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his alleged disappearing act.
The Chinese have walked in and taken our territory in Ladakh.
The PM is absolutely silent and has vanished from the scene.https://t.co/Cv06T6aMvU
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 10, 2020
BJP launches a massive promo campaign on Twitter today. Here’s one for US President Donald Trump.
— BJP (@BJP4India) June 10, 2020
And some self-praise in the time of coronavirus.
State President Shri @adeshguptabjp launched JAN SAMPARK ABHIYAN to convey the first year achievements of Modi Govt. 2.0 to the people of Delhi. #1YearOfModi2 @rajeshbhatiabjp pic.twitter.com/IUsabpD955
— BJP Delhi (@BJP4Delhi) June 10, 2020
Director Anurag Kashyap has his own version of this very ‘important’ question raised by Home Minister Amit Shah.
हम चीन को अंदर घुसने से रोक नहीं पाए । हो सकता है कमी रह गयी हो । लेकिन opposition ने क्या किया ??? कोई बताएगा ???
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) June 9, 2020
Congress leader Sanjay Jha’s posts a ‘get well soon’ message for former party colleague and now BJP member Jyotiraditya Scindia, who was recently diagnosed with the virus. Says something for old friendships….
Dear @JM_Scindia : You are a resolute, resilient fighter, Chief. I am sure both mom and you will be totally fit soon. Take care!
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) June 9, 2020
BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga is back to attacking Congress—er, did he ever stop?
दाल चावल के साथ अचार,
राहुल गांधी बनेंगे पीएम#TweetingLikeMPCongress
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) June 9, 2020
US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on how the Black Lives Matter.
Not long ago, “Black Lives Matter” was *also* a rallying cry for justice that politicians worried polled too poorly, was too “divisive” & required “too much explanation.”
Now Mitt Romney is saying it.
Progress is a process. It’s normal to work through discomfort along the way.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 9, 2020
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