Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said Twitter had denied him access to his account for about an hour today due to complaints that he had violated copyright law by posting his clips from television debates.
“Twitter denied access to my account for almost an hour due to allegations that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA and after that they allowed me to access the account,” Mr Prasad said in a tweet series.
“It is clear that my statements calling for the highest level of harassment and harassment on Twitter, especially the distribution of clips of my conversations on TV channels and its powerful impact, have explained its feathers,” Mr Prasad said.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying, “We can ensure that access to the Hon’ble Minister’s account is temporarily blocked due to DMCA notice only and the referenced tweet is withheld. legal representatives. ”
His new Twitter intervention comes amid months of clashes between the platform and the BJP-led government at the center over issues ranging from requests to tweets in support of farmers’ protests, insults posted by BJP leaders and other new legislation.
The new rules for social networking websites – including the appointment of law enforcement officers in India and other circumstances – have led to long-running controversy, raising concerns that Twitter may no longer enjoy the protection of user-generated content.
“Furthermore, it is now clear why Twitter refuses to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines because if Twitter adheres to it, it will not be able to illegally deny access to a person’s account that is not in line with his or her agenda,” wrote Mr Prasad.
“Twitter’s actions show that they are not the first to speak for themselves but have a desire to pursue their own interests, with the threat that if you do not draw the line they will draw, they will remove you for no reason,” the minister said.
“The issue that needs to be addressed in this regard, is whether India will be governed by US copyright laws or its own copyright laws? Can an international forum such as Twitter, which declares itself to be the flag bearer of free speech, request US laws in India to ban Said Mr. Prasad.
“Any platform they will make to comply with the new IT Rules and there will be no compromise on that,” he added.
Shortly after Mr Prasad’s outburst, many Twitter users, including Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, chairman of Parliament’s Executive Committee on Information Technology, said they too had faced a similar situation.
Mr Tharoor also said his parliamentary committee would seek an explanation on Twitter for blocking Mr Prasad and his account.