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Ravi Shankar Prasad’s Twitter handle ‘denied access’; ‘no compromise on IT rules’, says minister

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Friday, said that microblogging site Twitter ‘denied’ access to his Twitter handle for almost an hour. In a tweet, Prasad posted a screenshot of the message that was displayed when his account was denied access.

“Friends! 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,” Prasad said.

government and Twitter have locked horns over amended IT rules. “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 tow the line they draw, they will arbitrarily remove you from their platform,” Prasad said in yet another tweet.

“Friends! 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,” Prasad said.

The development comes at a time when the government and Twitter have locked horns over amended IT rules. “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 tow the line they draw, they will arbitrarily remove you from their platform,” Prasad said in yet another tweet.

 

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