India’s Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has accused Twitter of briefly blocking his account because of criticisms he made of the US firm in a standoff over new social media rules.
Prasad said that in a “gross violation” of Indian regulations, he was without warning informed that his account was locked because of an infringement of US copyright law.
“The account remained out of action for almost an hour, he said.
“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 tweeted after his account was restored.
“Twitter’s actions indicate that they are not the harbinger of free speech that they claim to be but are only interested in running their own agenda, with the threat that if you do not tow the line they draw, they will arbitrarily remove you from their platform,” he added.
The US firm has been locked for several months in a row with New Delhi over new rules for social media companies operating in India.