Hours after Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said that Twitter denied him access to his own account for nearly an hour, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the micro-blogging platform had recently deleted one of his posts.
"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", Tharoor tweeted.
Tharoor, who is the head of the Parliamentary panel on information technology, said they will be seeking an explanation from Twitter. “As chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, I can state that we’ll be seeking an explanation from Twitter India for locking of RS Prasad’s and my accounts and rules and procedures they follow while operating in India”, Tharoor said in a tweet.
"I won't blame Twitter for this action or attribute the motives to them that RS Prasad does, though it wasn't pleasant finding my account locked. Clearly, they had no choice but to honour a DMCA takedown notice, however stupid and pointless the request was", he said.
Earlier in the day, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was denied access to his Twitter account for an hour. However, an hour later, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's account was restored.
The developments come at a time when tension has been brewing between Twitter and the Narendra Modi government on the new information technology rules and the alleged “Congress toolkit” case.