After Ravi Shankar Prasad, Tharoor says his Twitter is too blocked temporarily


June 25, 2021 6:39 PM STI

New Delhi [India], June 25 (ANI): Shortly after Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed to have been denied access to his Twitter account for nearly an hour, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, said he had also faced a similar situation.
Tharoor, who is also chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, said he would ask Twitter India for an explanation of the procedures followed when operating in India and the lockdown of his account and that of Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Earlier today, Ravi Shankar Prasad took to the Koo app to say that Twitter had denied him access to his account for alleged violation of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Union Minister claimed that the actions of the microblogging site were in flagrant violation of the Information Technology Rules 2021.
Moments later, Tharoor said in a tweet, “Raviji, the same just happened to me. Obviously the DMCA is getting hyperactive. This tweet was deleted by @Twitter because its video includes the song Rasputin copyrighted by copyright of BoneyM. “
However, the congressman said he “will not blame Twitter for this action or attribute Ravi Shankar Prasad’s motives to them,” while admitting it was not pleasant to see his account locked.

“Indians make videos creatively using short clips of foreign music. Most people would consider“ fair use. ”Instead of letting the clip increase the popularity of their songs, the rights holders author have issued an opinion … not about to challenge their act, “said the congressman.
He added that in this case, the plaintiff was the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which “zealously defends the rights of Sony Music” with “Rasputin”, and added: “Ironically, at their last conference in India, I was a keynote speaker! “
“So I will not blame Twitter for this action or attribute Ravi Shanker Prasad’s motives to them, even if it was not pleasant to find my account locked. Obviously, they had no choice but to do so. honor a DMCA takedown notice, no matter how silly. But having received a notice from a UK-based organization citing Twitter’s role as a “service provider” under a US law, highlights the challenges of Twitter India’s operations in India Ravi Shankar Prasad highlighted possible violations of Indian regulations while complying with foreign rules, “Tharoor said.
“As Chairman of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology, I can say that we will ask Twitter India for an explanation for the foreclosure of Ravi Shankar Prasad’s accounts and my accounts and the rules and procedures they follow. when they operate in India, ”he added. .
In a series of posts on Koo, an Indian microblogging platform, the minister slammed Twitter and said his actions indicated “they are not the harbinger of free speech they claim. to be “and that they are” only interested in running their own program. “
Prasad said that regardless of the platform, they will have to fully comply with the new IT rules and that there will be no compromise on this. (ANI)

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