Officials of Facebook and Twitter, appearing before the Parliamentary Committee, faced tough questions on Thursday as to why they blocked the account of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in November. did. The agenda of Thursday’s meeting was related to protection of citizens’ rights, preventing misuse of social media news platform and women safety, but sources said officials were questioned as to why Shah’s Twitter account was blocked and who was empowered to do so gave. To this, Twitter officials replied that they were forced to block the account temporarily due to the copyright case of a posted photo.
The spokesperson of the micro-blogging site said, “When Shah’s account was blocked, Twitter had inadvertently interpreted it as an inadvertent error under its copyright policy. This decision was immediately changed and now this account is fully functioning. In the context of the huge controversy surrounding the monitoring and removal of content in Hate Speech and America, some members questioned how social media can remove content when there is no rule in India against it.
Both Twitter and its parent company said that they have very strict rules about content and that they will remove content that they would expect to encourage violence if needed. The rule was recently put into effect when Twitter blocked the account of US President (then) Donald Trump (Trump) after the violence at Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
Talking about India, Facebook was engulfed in controversies in the month of September when the Wall Street General’s report said that it is looking at the hate speech being posted by the ruling BJP and right wing leaders.