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India Vs Twitter spat escalates, Indian I-T Minister denied access

India Vs Twitter spat escalates, Indian I-T Minister denied access




Amid an intensified public spat between  twitter  and the indian government india's  information and technology minister  ravishankar prasad says that twitter  denied access to his account for over an  hour  posting grabs of his own profile before  and after the twitter account was frozen  prasad said that twitter denied access  on the ground that  there was a violation of the digital  millennium  copyright act of the u.s  now the question arises is what is the  copyright act  and how did clips of the i.t minister  himself  violate the american law the u.s digital  millennium copyright act of 1998 creates  an exception for online service  providers from manually vetting or  automatically filtering out copyright  infringements in turn  it places the burden on copyright  holders  to request the removal of violations the  law  criminalizes production and  dissemination of technology  devices or services intended to  circumvent measures that control  access to copyrighted work so maybe the  video was  reported by someone or maybe it was just  a power play  by twitter ravishankar prasad has  publicly condemned twitter's actions and  called out the hypocrisy of the platform  in a twitter outburst prasad said that  twitter's actions were in gross  violation of  india's intermediary guidelines and  digital  media ethics code as twitter failed to  provide any prior notice before denying  access to the account  he further said that it is apparent  that my statements calling out the  high-handedness and  arbitrary actions of twitter  particularly  sharing the clips of my interviews to tv  channels and its powerful  impact have clearly ruffled its feathers  prasad's latest run-in with twitter  comes as the app  is at loggerheads with the indian  government twitter india has failed to  meet all the clauses under the new  i.t rules in india and is currently the  only american firm to lose  its intermediary status in india  to this the indian iit minister said  that no matter  what any platform does they will have to  abide  by the new i.t rules fully and there  shall be  no compromise on that this is not the  sole case of copyright  violation soon after prasad's twitter  outburst senior opposition leader and  head of the parliamentary committee on  information technology shashi tharoor  said  that he too faced similar actions he  said that although he wouldn't put the  blame on twitter  like mr prasad but would make sure that  the parliamentary committee seeks an  explanation from twitter for blocking  ravi shankar prasad  and his own account for more on this  avion's principal diplomatic  correspondent sudan sybil has sent us  this report  a new flash point between the indian  government and twitter  this after the twitter account of the  indian iit minister ravi shankar prasad  was denied access for almost one hour  or copyright violation issue twitter of  course has reacted saying  that this was a copyright violation  issue raised by a third party  of course american laws have been  been invoked in the entire case the  screen shots  formed ravi shankar prasad's twitter  account and  tells us but lastly a larger debate  between the indian laws  and the american laws we know that  the entire thing has happened uh using  the american laws  at a time when uh twitter is not  implementing or fully implementing  the indian laws including the new i.t  rules the rules  which were announced by the indian  government in february and came into  effect few weeks ago  but twitter is still dragging its feet  on implementation  of uh these rules so the larger debate  has started the chief of india's  parliamentary panel  on it shashi tharoon has also reacted  saying  that he will raise the matter uh with twitter he of course excited that this  has happened to him  as well uh so larger debate is going to  start up  between implementation of indian laws  and foreign laws  where is the red line also  if you look at the the past situation  both sides have been issuing releases  talking about things which are happening  of course the indian government really  not happy with twitter  there are of course reports that these  companies may face much more stronger  action as well we know  the twitter has already lost its  intermediary status that means that  it is not uh protected from uh  third-party content uh being used on its  platform because of lack of  implementation  of the new i.t rules we do expect  much more things to happen in this  larger debate which started between the  indian government  and twitter.

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