IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad- Technology News, Firstpost

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad- Technology News, Firstpost

June 25, 2021 0 By admin


IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says he was denied access to his Twitter account for almost an hour on Friday.

Prasad wrote in a tweet that his account was blocked on the “alleged ground that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA”. Prasad was subsequently allowed access to the account.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) criminalises production and dissemination of devices, services and/or technology, intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works. It can be invoked to flag use of someone’s content being used without their consent.

The Union Minister says that by blocking his account without prior notice, Twitter violated Rule 4(8) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.

Currently, it’s unclear as to which post by Prasad led to his account being disable. However, the IT Minister claims that his 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.”

RS Prasad ended the tweet thread with a warning for Twitter, which read, “No matter what any platform does they will have to abide by the new IT Rules fully and there shall be no compromise on that.”

Meanwhile, Aprameya Radhakrishna, CEO and co-founder at Koo issued a statement regarding this, saying, “Giving a user complete context of any claimed violation and an intimation of the exact violation is important. The user should also be able to contest or accept the claimed violation. A direct action of suspension without the above makes it seem like a social media platform is taking the final judgement call and is not being an intermediary.”