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Twitter locks out Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shashi Tharoor from their accounts, triggers row

Prime News, National (New Delhi), June 26:- Microblogging platform Twitter on Friday ended up mired in a controversy after it “locked out” a Union minister and an MP and denied them access to their accounts, citing US Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) violation as the reason.

The first to be denied access to his account was Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who claimed that Twitter locked him out of his account for almost an hour on the alleged grounds that there was a “violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA”

This was enough for the Union minister, who has in the past called out the social media giant for not abiding by the new IT rules, to launch a renewed attack, terming Twitter’s action “arbitrarily”.

While the news of Ravi Shankar Prasad being denied access to his account was still settling in, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor echoed the same concern, saying the same happened with him too over a copyright issue.

The Thiruvananthapuram MP, who is also the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, said that he will be seeking an explanation from Twitter India over the brief locking of his and Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account.

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday that Twitter denied access to his account for almost an hour on the alleged “ground that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA.”

Taking to Indian microblogging platform Koo, Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote, “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.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

 

 

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