Twitter blocks IT Mininister's account for one hour: Ravi Shankar says 'gross violation'
Amid the tussle between Twitter and the union government over the new IT rules, Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was denied access to his Twitter account for almost an hour over alleged violation of the US' Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
 
Although, he was subsequently allowed to access the account, taking to India-made micro-blogging platform Koo, the minister called the action by the US-headquartered Twitter as "a gross violation of the IT guidelines".
 
"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 said.
 
Prasad, who has been at the forefront of government's drive to bring in more compliance and stricter norms for social media platforms, added: "It is apparent that my statements calling out the high handedness and arbitrary actions of Twitter, particularly sharing the clips of my interviews to TV channels and its powerful impact, have clearly ruffled its feathers."
 
Further, the minister, who also handles the portfolio of law said that 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.
 
In a series of posts on Koo, the minister also said that 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.
 
"No matter what any platform does they will have to abide by the new IT Rules fully and there shall be no compromise on that," he added.
 
Twitter, on the other hand, has lost its status of intermediary platform in India over non-compliance to the new intermediary guidelines.
 
As a result of the development, the company has lost its legal shield in the country from prosecution over posts.
 
The micro-blogging platform recently said that it has appointed an interim Chief Compliance Officer, as per the new norms, and the details of which would be soon shared with the IT Ministry directly.
 
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Comments
sukant.0106
3 months ago
Govt must focus on legislating against people who spread fake news instead of bullying the platform for not promoting Govt sponsored or say one party sponsored fake news, the minister should stop wasting precious time on such things and do something better.
veereshmalik
3 months ago
As an Indian Citizen, I am bound to follow Indian Laws, and this conflict between foreign social media platforms and India implies to me that it is time for me to disembark from these foreign social media platforms. There is too much fine print from the foreign social media platforms on their terms and conditions, and it is impossible for me to figure out where they breach the Laws of India, so goodbye Twitter.
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