Twitter temporarily blocks IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account

Claims to have violated U.S. ‘Digital Millennium Copyright’ law

It is clearly a deliberate attempt to block Indian Central Minister’s account. This shows Twitter’s arrogance. The Central Government needs to take tough measures to stop Twitter’s arrogance.

New Delhi – Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad was reportedly denied access to his own account on Twitter for almost an hour. Twitter then restored his account after issuing a warning. Twitter had blocked the account citing the violation of US’ ‘Digital Millennium Copyright’ law. While the Centre and Twitter have been at loggerheads for the past few days over the Government’s new IT rules and Prasad being the IT Minister himself, Twitter’s action is said to be a part of conspiracy.

Twitter has no respect for ‘Freedom of Speech’ – Ravi Shankar Prasad

Twitter’s action is apparently due to my criticism of its arbitrary business practices. Its action violates the Information and Technology Law. Twitter neither gave me any prior intimation before blocking access to the account nor did it specify any content that was found violating the US laws on copyright. It clearly shows that Twitter does not want to comply with the new IT rules. As per the new IT rules, Twitter will not be able to suspend anybody’s account arbitrarily; however, this is against their agenda. I have been broadcasting my interviews with the media on social media platforms for the last several years. I have never been accused by the media of infringing copyrights. Twitter’s actions show no respect for ‘Freedom of Speech’, which they claim they stand for; however, they seem to promote their own agenda. Anyone who breaks the rules they have set, will have their accounts suspended at any time. No matter what, social media will have to comply with the new IT rules. There will be no compromise on this.