Twitter denied me access to my account: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Twitter denied me access to my account: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union electronics and information technology ministers said that Twitter denied him access to his account for almost an hour citing alleged copyright infringement.

In a screenshot shared by the Union minister, Twitter informs that his account has been locked following a complaint Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice for content posted on his account.

Prasad wrote on Koo, India’s alternative to Twitter, “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. 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.”

Prasad said, “It is clear to see why Twitter doesn’t want to follow directions. He added that this is due to the fact that, as a Twitter, this requirement is met, it may not arbitrarily deny access to the subscriber’s account, and it does not confirm to the agenda. “In addition, in the past few years, it is not a TV channel, or the host has not received complaints about violations of copyright law, in relation to the information of clips from my interviews to be published on the social network.”

Prasad slammed Twitter saying that its actions showed that it was 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”. He said no matter what any platform does, it will have to abide by the new rules fully and there shall be no compromise on that.

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