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IT minister says Twitter denied access to his account for an hour

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Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad Friday said that the microblogging platform had denied him access to his account for almost an hour alleging a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the USA.

In a screenshot shared by the Union minister, Twitter informs that his account has been locked following a complaint Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice for content posted on his account.

Following the message, Twitter allowed him access to the account.

Slamming the move, Prasad said, “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.”

Granting Prasad access to his account, Twitter, in another message, warned that his account would be locked again and potentially suspended if any additional notices are received against it. “In order to avoid this, do not post additional materials in violation of our Copyright Policy and immediately remove any material from your account for which you are not authorised to post,” it added.

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