In a disagreement between the US business and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration over compliance with new IT laws, India’s technology minister chastised Twitter on Friday for denying him access to his account for nearly an hour. Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed on Koo, a local competitor to Twitter, that the business had blocked his access because he had broken the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Law in the United States as a result of which he was locked out. After that access was restored.
Prasad said that Twitter had violated India’s new IT rules that came into effect in May, which require a middleman or host of user content to explain its actions to the user.
A user must also be “given with an appropriate and reasonable chance to contest the action” made by an intermediary, according to the regulations. It was unclear whether Prasad’s postings violated the DMCA right away.
Access to Prasad’s account was momentarily limited due to a DMCA notification, and a tweet was withheld, according to Twitter.
“Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” said a Twitter spokesperson.
Prasad has already chastised Twitter for its response to the popular video, calling it “perplexing.” Prasad underlined on Friday that all social media companies must follow the new IT standards, which include the hiring of additional compliance officers.