Twitter Locks IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's account over DMCA infringement, Sparks row

Twitter Inc on Friday, June 25 locked Indian Union IT Minister Ravishank Prasad's official twitter account for over 1 hour. The account was locked over alleged DMCA infringement, Union Minister himself told about the incident.

By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Jun 25, 2021 16:44 IST
Twitter Locks IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's account over DMCA infringement, Sparks row
Twitter locks IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's Account, Sparks row- Photo: Screengra/Twitter

Twitter Inc on Friday, June 25 locked Indian Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's official twitter account for over 1 hour. The account was locked over alleged DMCA infringement, Union Minister himself told about the incident. After an hour the lock was lifted from the Twitter 

"Friends! Something highly peculiar happened today. Twitter denied access to my account for almost an hour on the alleged ground that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA and subsequently they allowed me to access the account", Prasad tweeted on Friday.

The incident has sparked a fresh row between the Indian government and Twitter, which has been alleged to not comply with the new IT Rules of the country.

In a series of tweets, the Indian IT Minister targetting it said that the action taken by Twitter Inc goes against the newly implemented IT rules as they failed to provide prior notice.

"Twitter’s actions were in gross violation of Rule 4(8) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 where they failed to provide me any prior notice before denying me access to my own account," the minister added.

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"Twitter’s actions indicate that they are not the harbinger of free speech that they claim to be but are only interested in running their own agenda, with the threat that if you do not toe the line they draw, they will arbitrarily remove you from their platform. Further, it is now apparent as to why Twitter is refusing to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines because if Twitter does comply, it would be unable to arbitrarily deny access to an individual’s account which does not suit their agenda," the Minister tweeted.