‘United States law violated’; Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad banned from Twitter; ‘Strange action’

Highlight:

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad protests
  • The minister said it was a strange move.
  • Allegedly infringing copyright law

New Delhi: The Twitter account of the Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has reportedly been blocked for about an hour. Ravi Shankar Prasad has alleged that his account was banned for violating US copyright law, but later clarified that the account was returned.

The Union minister tweeted that he was sharing a screenshot of the message regarding the suspension of his account. He said that his account had been banned for allegedly violating US digital media copyright law, but that his account has now been returned to him. His tweet was that something strange had happened.

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The latest controversy comes amid a dispute between Twitter and the Center over the central government’s new IT rules. Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed that freedom of expression was not important to them as Twitter maintains and that Twitter was giving importance to their agendas. He blamed Twitter for not complying with the Center’s new IT rules. The minister also noted that Twitter has made it clear that he will be removed from the platform if he crosses the line drawn by Twitter.

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Twitter alleges that the new TI rules introduced by the Center go against freedom of expression. The American company said yesterday that it was not ready to comply with the rules. Indian business organizations have also spoken out against information technology laws. But the government claims that Twitter is evading compliance with the country’s laws.

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