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Ravi Shankar Prasad says Twitter denied access to his account for an hour, terms it ‘gross violation’

Amid an intensified public spat between Twitter India and the government, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad Friday tweeted that the microblogging platform had denied him access to his account for almost an hour alleging a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA.

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.

Following the message, the Twitter allowed him access to the account.

Slamming the move, Prasad said, “Twitter’s actions were in gross violation of Rule 4(8) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 where they failed to provide me any prior notice before denying me access to my own account.”

He further said that “it is apparent that his statements calling out the high handedness and arbitrary actions of Twitter, particularly sharing the clips of his interviews to TV channels and its powerful impact, have clearly ruffled its feathers.”

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