A political war between Twitter and IT Ministry

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The ongoing tussle between the microblogging app, Twitter, and the IT Ministry has taken a new direction. On Friday, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad could not access his Twitter handle when he got the information that they have revoked temporarily his account about the copyright issue.

According to Ravi Shankar Prasad, his account was blocked with no prior information for an hour alleging he has violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of the U.S.A. For a three-year-old tweet, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry filed a complaint on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment against the IT Minister on May 24 and Twitter responded to it on June 25.

About DMCA

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) came into effect on 28 October 1998. It is a United States Copyright Law that signifies two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organisations (WIPO). It is one of the oldest Law which protects the intellectual and copyright property of an individual or an organization. It responds to the complaints filed by the copyright owner or their authorized representative and made to meet the demands of the Digital Age.

The IT ministry bashed out at the microblogging platform over a series of tweets claiming that of high-handedness and arbitrary action. It has also said that Twitter has violated the 4(8) of the Information Technology Rules 2021. To which Twitter responded it had removed the account only to comply with the law of DCMA. At the end of the tweet, the IT minister said that Twitter has to follow the new IT ACT no matter what.

“It is now apparent as to why Twitter is refusing to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines, because if it does comply, it would be unable to arbitrarily deny access to an individual’s account which does not suit their agenda,” the minister added

“no matter what any platform does they will have to abide by the new IT Rules fully and there shall be no compromise on that.” tweeted by minister
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