The Mark Zuckerberg-led company removed the post stating that it "doesn’t follow our Community Standards".
A major debate was triggered on social media on Sunday after a man, believed to be a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activist, cancelled a cab ride because the driver was Muslim.Abhishek Mishra, who describes himself on his verified Twitter handle as a "Hindutva Thinker, digital and social media advisor, Vishwa Hindu Parishad", received flak on the microblogging site for posting a screenshot of the cancelled ride that read: "Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don't want to give my money to Jihadi People."
— Abhishek Mishra (@Abhishek_Mshra) April 20, 2018
As people were reacting angrily, he justified his move by stating that his act was in “reply” to those who were running a campaign against the use of a poster of Lord Hanumana on cabs.
He tweeted screenshots of people complaining about the posters and said, “If this views acceptable then why my views are not acceptable [sic]?”
Ola, which was tagged in the tweet, responded to the man. In a befitting reply, the cab aggregator said it was a “secular platform” and did not discriminate drivers or customers based of their caste, religion, gender or creed.
Nonetheless, Mishra, who is followed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and other BJP leaders, stood his ground and stressed that he was raising his “voice for Hindu drivers”, who were “discriminated on the basis of religion by customers."
Ola, like our country, is a secular platform, and we don't discriminate our driver partners or customers basis their caste, religion, gender or creed. We urge all our customers and driver partners to treat each other with respect at all times.— Ola (@Olacabs) April 22, 2018
If this views acceptable then why my views are not acceptable ? pic.twitter.com/170MWQuBpn
— Abhishek Mishra (@Abhishek_Mshra) April 22, 2018
He also highlighted Twitter's response, in which the social media giant said that it would not delete the tweet or suspend his account.