After Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor were temporarily locked out of their Twitter accounts on Friday, the latter said that he would seek an explanation from the microblogging platform for its actions.
"As Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, I can state that we will be seeking an explanation from @TwitterIndia for the locking of @rsprasad's & my accounts & the rules & procedures they follow while operating in India," Tharoor said in a tweet.
In an earlier tweet, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram had said: "And @Twitter locked me out again because to explain the problem, the first tweet in this thread included the offending copyrighted video. Locking is a foolish response to a DCMA notice; disabling the video (which they've now done) should be enough. @Twitter has a lot to learn."
Earlier in the day, Prasad was denied access to his Twitter account for almost an hour over alleged violation of the US' Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
After being temporarily blocked, Prasad said in a series posts on Koo, the India-made micro-blogging platform: "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."
Confirming that it had temporarily restricted access to Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's Twitter account, the micro-blogging platform said on Friday that it was restricted due to a DMCA notice over AR Rehman's song "Maa Tujhe Salam" and added that it is bound to respond to valid copyright complaints.
A Twitter spokesperson also said that the referenced tweet has been withheld.
"We can confirm that the Honourable Minister's account access was temporarily restricted due to a DMCA notice only, and the referenced Tweet has been withheld. As per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives," the spokesperson said.
Prasad said earlier in the day that he was denied access to his Twitter account for almost an hour over alleged violation of the US' Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
"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 said in a series of posts on Koo.
Prasad, who has been at the forefront of the government's drive to bring in more compliance and stricter norms for social media platforms, added: "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."
Twitter has been at loggerheads with the government over the IT guidelines. It has also lost its status of intermediary platform in India over non-compliance of the new intermediary guidelines.
As a result of the development, the company has lost its legal shield in the country from prosecution over posts. The micro-blogging platform recently said that it has appointed an interim Chief Compliance Officer, as per the new norms, and the details of which would be soon shared with the IT Ministry directly.