After Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shashi Tharoor says his Twitter account is temporarily “blocked”

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Hours after Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was denied access to his own Twitter account today, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said his account had been the subject of similar measures.

Tharoor said that unlike Prasad’s case, he was blocked on his Twitter account for copyright infringement on a video he posted of a dance performance featuring the song “Rasputin”.

“In this case, the plaintiff was the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (@IFPI_org) which zealously defends the rights of

@sonymusic to “Rasputin”. Ironically, at their last conference in India, I was a keynote speaker! #SMH, “he brazenly tweeted adding that he” hasn’t blamed Twitter for the action or attributed to them the motives that @rsprasad (Ravi Shankar Prasad) is doing, even if it doesn’t was not nice to find my account locked. Obviously, they had no choice but to honor a DMCA takedown notice, stupid and unnecessary as the request was. “

Tharoor added that as chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, he will demand an explanation from the microblogging site for their action against his and Prasad accounts.

Earlier, Prasad said he was denied access to his own account for nearly an hour. Although the minister’s Twitter account was visible to the public, Twitter did not allow anyone with authorized access to that account to log in or post a message, they added.

Twitter and the government have been at loggerheads on several occasions in recent months, most notably during the farmers’ protest and later when the microblogging platform called political messages from several leaders of the ruling BJP party as ” manipulated media ”, triggering a strong reprimand from the center.

Tharoor’s panel convened Twitter officials last week on issues related to the platform’s abuse and the protection of citizens’ rights.

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