Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was apparently denied access to his Twitter account for almost an hour, earlier today.
Tweeting about the development, he wrote that his account was blocked on the “alleged ground that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA”.
Friends! Something highly peculiar happened today. Twitter denied access to my account for almost an hour on the alleged ground that there was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA and subsequently they allowed me to access the account. pic.twitter.com/WspPmor9Su— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 25, 2021
Further, he also elaborated how blocking his Twitter account without prior notice violates Rule 4(8) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.
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.— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 25, 2021
Just last month, a petition was filed against Twitter’s non-compliance to the new IT rules in the Delhi HC.
Delhi High Court issues notice to Twitter Inc on a petition against it for alleged non-compliance with the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 pic.twitter.com/0Du92VbUM0— ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2021
This is how netizens reacted to Twitter blocking the account of our IT minister.
Twitter banned Minister Ravishankar Prasad’s twitter account for almost one hour for violating some Twitter copyright rules. 😭😂— Mr Sinha (@MrSinha_) June 25, 2021
#RavishankarPrasad— Palash Jain (@bhut_tezz) June 25, 2021
From last 1 hour Ravishankar prasad to twitter : pic.twitter.com/piAOxO7kc6
If Twitter had locked Rahul Gandhi’s account for 5 minutes 🤯#RavishankarPrasad pic.twitter.com/j7kILGxCBa— A.R.P.I.T.🇮🇳 (@LateNightGyaan) June 25, 2021
Twitter is trying hard to get ban….but Ravishankar Prasad will never make that happen.— Raj (@Raj_P_Chauhan) June 25, 2021
Twitter – 0
RS Prasad – 1
#ravishankarprasad #TwitterBan https://t.co/zbqOPqStP9
#ravishankarprasad— Kamal (@i_me_mai) June 25, 2021
So twitter has locked the account of Indian IT minister according to US law.. So, are they challenging Indian law ?? pic.twitter.com/9oisDZ7zaR
Twitter after blocking IT minister RS Prasad account due to US law’s #ravishankarprasad :- Kadi Ninda pic.twitter.com/qd7p5HzoW2— Ramsa Chaudhary (@Ramkishor_jaat_) June 25, 2021
Twitter after restoring #ravishankarprasad ‘s account : pic.twitter.com/HOY0DNtCRn— भल्लाल देव (@Bhallaldeva_) June 25, 2021
#RaviShankarPrasad— Antonio Maino INC (@AntonioMainoINC) June 25, 2021
Everyone to Ravi Shankar Prasad. pic.twitter.com/v9ZPkQVLcU
Twitter Blocked #RaviShankarPrasad Account’s for an Hours.— थॉमस (धाकड़)تھامس رابرٹ 🇮🇳 (@Robert_NSUI) June 25, 2021
Le RS prasad : – pic.twitter.com/nFDaV3oPRT
Mr. Doland Trump to Our IT Minister #RaviShankarPrasad pic.twitter.com/yI7IHPm1vL— 𝙎 💀 𝙈 (@TheSaktMemer) June 25, 2021
#RaviShankarPrasad— Parimal Srivastava (@iamvishwaranjan) June 25, 2021
Reaction of common people after knowing that the Twitter account of the IT Minister was blocked for almost an hour, be like .. pic.twitter.com/9dBX82wmBv
Twitter to replace Congress as Opposition party 😅 #RaviShankarPrasad pic.twitter.com/NoO6PW1uNA— Sudhan (@sudhan_nr) June 25, 2021
#RaviShankarPrasad after doing Kadi Ninda about Twitter on Twitter : pic.twitter.com/5d0WeXwmLn— श्रद्धा | Shraddha 🇮🇳 (@immortalsoulin) June 25, 2021
#RaviShankarPrasad: I’ll teach you a lesson. Abhi dukan band krata hu salo ki.— tichkule & tichkule (@jnr_artist) June 25, 2021
Twitter office: Just wait for a minute!
Remember this scene!! pic.twitter.com/9wwNng5ZOw
Please note that his account was restored later.