Microblogging site Twitter crossed all limits of arbitrariness on Friday. He blocked the account of Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Prasad’s Twitter account remained ‘locked’ for about an hour. Twitter cited a violation of the US ‘Digital Millennium Copyright Act’ as the reason behind its move. What does this law say? Come let’s know about it here.
What did Twitter say?
While ‘locking’ Prasad’s account, Twitter gave the reason. He told Prasad, ‘Twitter has locked your account following a complaint regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice. This complaint has been made regarding the content posted on your Twitter account. Copyright owners (owners) under the DMCA may notify Twitter that a user has infringed their copyrighted work. Twitter will remove the identified content upon receipt of a valid DMCA notice. The account will be suspended for continuing copyright policy violations.
What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a US copyright law. It was formed in 1998. It implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It protects copyrighted work. It also makes its production and distribution illegal. It falls under the category of crime. In addition, the DMCA increases the penalty for copyright infringement on the Internet. This law was passed unanimously in the US Parliament on 12 October 1998. On October 28, 1998, the then President Bill Clinton signed it into law.
What’s the controversy with Twitter?
The digital company is having a dispute with the Indian government regarding the new social media rules. The government has slammed Twitter for deliberately disobeying and failing to comply with the country’s new IT regulations. Due to this the microblogging site has lost its intermediary status in India. In such a situation, she will be liable for the user posting any illegal content. The government has been repeatedly asking Twitter to comply with the new IT rules.
What did Prasad say?
Ravi Shankar Prasad criticized this move of the American social networking company after the account was ‘unlocked’. He called it arbitrary and a gross violation of IT rules. Taking a jibe at Twitter, Prasad said, “Twitter failed to serve me a notice before blocking access to my account.” The ban on the account was later lifted after a warning. According to Prasad, it is clear that this apprehension is evident from the tremendous impact of the comments I made on Twitter’s arbitrariness, intolerance and especially the portions of the interviews I shared with TV channels.
The minister said, ‘Friends! Something very unique happened today. Twitter blocked access to my account for about an hour based on an alleged violation of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act and later they allowed me to use the account.
Twitter has been avoiding following the rules
The new IT rules of the government have come into effect from May 25. It is a different matter that Twitter has been constantly hesitant in following them. In view of this, the government has withdrawn the right to security under the IT Act from Twitter. This means that if a user puts any content that spoils national security and goodwill on his platform, then Twitter will be equally responsible for that along with the user.