A right-wing Indian man unashamedly shared his Islamophobic views with the internet recently, sparking controversy on social media since.
Abhishek Mishra, an active member of right-wing Hindu nationalist party Vishwa Hindu Parishad, sent a tweet on Friday in which he told his followers he canceled a cab ride after learning that the driver, who was meant to pick him up, is Muslim.
"Cancelled 'Ola Cabs' Booking because driver was Muslim. I don't want to give my money to Jihadi people," the vile tweet read.
The tweet has amassed over 1,000 re-tweets at the time of writing.
Mishra had ordered the ride via cab booking app Ola Cabs, which has since responded to the hateful tweet after an intense backlash.
Intense backlash on social media
Mishra, who has over 14,000 followers on Twitter, was met with criticism from thousands of users online, many of which demanded Ola Cabs to block the user from its platform.
"Dear Ola Cabs, you need to block this man"
A number of "block requests" followed
"You don't need bigots like him as your customer"
Ola Cabs responds
Many reported the account to Twitter. However, Twitter claims it "could not identify any violations of the Twitter Rules"
Many began reporting Mishra's account in hopes that Twitter would take action against the hate. However, Twitter proved everyone wrong.
"We have investigated the reported content and could not identify any violations of the Twitter Rules. Accordingly, we have not taken action at this time," Twitter sent in an email to Mishra.
Users began questioning Twitter's credibility in both its verification process, considering Mishra's account is verified on the micro-blogging platform, and its definition of hate speech.
Mishra's followers include Union ministers Rajyavardhan Rathore, RK Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Ram Kripal Yadav and Narendra Singh Tomar.