Premium Indian airliner Vistrara yesterday (22 April) cooked up an online storm by deleting a tweet honouring decorated army officer Major General G D Bakshi after backlash from so-called ‘liberals’ and controversial journalists.
Late Sunday night (21 April) the airline issued a statement claiming that its post on Major General Bakshi had generated comments which were “disrespectful to all parties concerned”.
Thus it claimed that its decision to delete the tweet was motivated by the urge to delete “such comments”.
It was earlier reported that Vistara was repeatedly bullied by the so-called ‘liberals’ and controversial journalists for its tweet honouring Major General Bakshi. This bullying included the aggrieved parties threatening to boycott the airline.
Despite an overwhelming support from social media users the airline appeared to have buckled under pressure and deleted the tweet.
This generated a lot of anger among social media users who were further aggrieved by the statement issued by Vistara.
It remains to be seen whether Vistara would make changes to its social media policy to avoid buckling under pressure in the future.
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