Twitter blocks IT ministers personal handle for an hour

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After receiving a complaint for violating US copyright law, Twitter briefly disabled the Union Information and Technology Minister account on Friday evening. Mr. Prasad slammed the microblogging platform after his account was unblocked, accusing it of violating the Information and Technology Act Rules by failing to provide him prior notice of the decision and acting “highhandedly and arbitrary.” The incident occurs in the midst of a legal battle between the government and Twitter over the latter's inability to follow the new IT Act Rules, which went into force a month ago.

Mr. Prasad claimed that his account had been disabled for about an hour. He provided a screenshot of Twitter's notification, which stated that the company had received "a compliant Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice for content posted on your account," and warned that "accumulating repeated DMCA strikes could result in your account being suspended."

"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. 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.” Mr Prasad said. Legal action will surely be taken against the social media platform, as suggested by prasad's statements.

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