Twitter has blocked Indian Minister Ravi Shankar on Friday for criticising the US firm over new social media rules.
Taking it to Twitter, Ravi Shankar stated “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.”
“Twitter’s actions indicate that they are not the harbinger of free speech that they claim to be but are only interested in running their own agenda, with the threat that if you do not tow the line they draw, they will arbitrarily remove you from their platform.” he further added.
The US firm has been locked for several months in a row with New Delhi over new rules for social media companies operating in India.
The regulations require firms to remove and identify the “first originator” of posts deemed to undermine India’s sovereignty, state security or public order.
However, the Indian Minister’s account remained blocked for at least one hour.