I encountered an occurrence of the word "handle", which is strange to me, in an article, here is an excerpt:
The cow, revered by Indian upper caste Hindus as a Mata (mother), has been used to spur hate against religious and other minorities such as Muslims and Dalits. Killing or consuming cow meat is a religious taboo for pious upper caste Hindus.
Dalit handles on Twitter posted pictures and videos of protesters.
It looks like a noun in the plural form, because "Dalit" is not a name, but an adjective here. But the only noun meanings I have been able to find are:
- the part by which a thing is held, carried, or controlled
- a name or nickname
- the feel of goods, especially textiles, when handled
- the total amount of money bet over a particular time or at a particular event
Neither of these seems to fit the context. "A leader" would fit, but there is nothing similar in the list.
So could anyone tell me, please, what is the meaning of the word "handle" here?