Why was IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's Twitter account blocked?

India Jul 07, 2021

Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's Twitter account was blocked for an hour on June 25 and was not given any prior notice. Prasad expressed his displeasure with Twitter for denying him access for an hour. He tweeted about all of these instances after granting login access. He stated that he was targeted for copyright violations in the United States. The battle between Twitter and the government is only going to get worse.

After allowing the Union Minister to log in to Twitter, he revealed that he notified Twitter when he was unable to get in for more than an hour by sharing a screenshot. Twitter has accused him of breaking the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed Twitter's decision, claiming that no information has been provided concerning the company's actions. In addition, this activity is in breach of Information Technology 2021 Rule 4 (8). He accused Twitter of retaliating against him for speaking out against Twitter's policies and expressing his opinions in the media.

It's now clear why Twitter isn't abiding by India's rules. They cannot close someone's account because they do not agree with their behavior unless they have login authorization. He said that no one seemed to mind the clips that were shared on Twitter or the opinions expressed. The way Twitter has acted so far, this appears to be a case of censorship rather than free expression. Twitter has its own set of rules that it follows.

Ravi Shankar Prasad has issued an open warning to Twitter, stating that if the company does not follow the laws, it will be prohibited from operating in India.

Social media firms were obliged to hire Resident Grievance Redressal Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, and Divisional Liaison Officers in India by May 26 under new guidelines issued by the central government in February. Twitter was told to do so on several occasions, but it refused.

The debate has already erupted after the Union Information Technology Minister was denied access to the account, causing a stir.

Earlier, Twitter removed the blue tick from Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu's and certain important leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's personal Twitter accounts. After the controversy emerged, Twitter verified the vice president's personal account.

The decisions by Twitter, an American social media platform, comes at a time when the Indian government and Twitter are at odds over IT regulations. As the Indian government is pressurizing Twitter to follow the new IT regulations, these types of decisions might put Twitter in a serious problem.

What do you think? When will this conflict between Twitter and the Government of India end?

This article has been written by Omer Khan for The Paradigm

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