‘Gross violation’: Ravi Shankar Prasad after Twitter temporarily denies access to his account

Relations between the government and Twitter have become strained over multiple instances in the past months.

 

Amid an intensified public spat between Twitter and the government over the new IT Rules, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad Friday tweeted that the microblogging platform had denied him access to his account for almost an hour alleging a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of the USA.

In one of the screenshots shared by the Union Minister, Twitter told him that his account was locked following a DMCA notice for content posted on his account. “Under the DMCA, copyright owners can notify Twitter claiming that a user has infringed their copyrighted works. Upon receipt of a valid DMCA notice, Twitter will remove the identified material,” said Twitter, as per the screenshot shared by the minister. He added that his account was subsequently restored.

Launching a blistering attack, Prasad said, “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.”

He further said that “it is apparent that his statements calling out the high handedness and arbitrary actions of Twitter, particularly sharing the clips of his interviews to TV channels and its powerful impact, have clearly ruffled its feathers.”

 

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