Twitter has banned Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, known for her ardent support of right-wing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing her of violating its rules on hateful conduct and abusive behaviour.
Ranaut issued a tweet on Monday in which she urged Modi to resort to gangster tactics to “tame” West Bengal’s chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose regional party defeated Modi’s Hindu nationalists in elections over the weekend to retain control of the state government in Kolkata.
Ranaut’s tweet referred to Banerjee as a “monster” and urged Modi to become a “super gundai” (super thug) of “early 2000s” in his fight against her –– apparently referring to Gujarat state’s anti-Muslims riots, when Modi was chief minister, and in which some 1,000 people, mostly Muslims were massacred.
Following the election, Banerjee’s party was accused of violent attacks on its defeated opponents, which it denies.
Confirming that Ranaut’s account had been suspended, Twitter explained its policy on Tuesday.
“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behaviour 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.”
“Suspension is go-stand-in-the-corner like punishment,” Afreen Fatima, an activist wrote on Twitter.
Ranaut, a winner of several national film awards, railed against Twitter’s action in a statement.
“Twitter has only proved my point. They are Americans, and by birth a white person feels entitled to enslave a brown person,” she said.
Ranaut, the award-winning star of 2014’s “Queen” and 2015’s “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”, has attracted controversy over her outspoken social media presence and frequent spats with fellow actors and filmmakers.
In February, Ranaut attacked pop superstar Rihanna for tweeting about mass protests by farmers in India, calling the singer “a fool” and the farmers “terrorists” for opposing new agriculture laws.
Ranaut also called climate activist Greta Thunberg a “rat” for her message of solidarity and unity with the farmers.
Same month she also compared herself to Hollywood actresses Meryl Streep and Gal Gadot, sparking accusations of “arrogance” and “self-obession” by her critics.
“The kind of range I display as a performer no other actress on this globe has that right now, I have raw talent like Meryl Streep for layered character depictions but I can also do skilled action and glamour like Gal Gadot,” she wrote on Twitter earlier this year.