BJP-Cong war of words over online apps intensifies further

RSTV Bureau
FILE: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi after paying tributes to former PM Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, at Parliament House, Oct 31, 2017. Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi after paying tributes to former PM Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, at Parliament House, Oct 31, 2017.
Photo – PTI

The war of words between the BJP and Congress over social media apps has only intensified further. The round of allegations which began in the space of micro-blogging site Twitter has now blown up to the scale that each side is questioning the veracity of other’s signature app on the question of privacy and data security.

After Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging data sharing from his official ‘Namo’ app without users’ consent, the BJP defended that data was used only for analytics for better user experience.

But the issue escalated further on Monday with Rahul Gandhi coming back with a fresh round of allegations.

“Modi’s NaMo App secretly records audio, video, contacts of your friends and family and even tracks your location via GPS. He’s the Big Boss who likes to spy on Indians… Now he wants data on our children. 13 lakh NCC cadets are being forced to download the APP,” Rahul Gandhi said on his official twitter handle.

The BJP, on the other hand, was quick to respond back saying that Congress’ official app is being shared with Rahul Gandhi’s “friends in Singapore”.

“Hi! My name is Rahul Gandhi. I am the President of India’s oldest political party. When you sign up for our official App, I give all your data to my friends in Singapore,” BJP’’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya said.

Malviya once against alleged the Congress has hired Cambridge Analytica to spread anti-government messages and fake news on social media.

The two parties have been engaged in a war or words over data theft and use of services of Cambridge Analytica, the firm accused of harvesting data from Facebook for election purposes.

(With inputs from PTI)