The Twitter account of Indian journalist Rana Ayyub has been disabled. She published a Twitter notification informing people that her account had been suspended in India due to the Information Technology Act of 2000.
On Sunday, Ayyub sent the notification to Twitter and asked: "Hello @Twitter, what exactly is this?" The Twitter statement that Ayyub shared stated: "In accordance with our legal obligations under the Information Technology Act of 2000 of India, we have withheld the following account in India: the information is still available elsewhere.
"Twitter has a policy of informing account holders if we receive a legal request from an authorised entity (such as law enforcement or a government agency) to remove content from their account. This is because Twitter firmly believes in defending and respecting the voice of the people who use our service. Regardless of whether a user resides in the nation where the request was made, we nonetheless provide notice "Read it.
Tennis great Martina Navaratolina responded to Ayyub's post by saying: "Who will be the next? simply horrible" In her post, she mentioned Twitter and Rana Ayyub. Shashi Shekhar Vempati, a former CEO of Prasar Bharati, suggested that the Twitter warning could be "either a bug or a delayed reaction to earlier instances." Tweeted Vempati: "I've seen a lot of hyperventilating messages on @TwitterIndia about the alleged online censorship by the Indian government. I too received a similar email from @Twitter overnight for the event last year, so it either seems to be a problem or a delayed response to previous incidents." The former CEO of Prasar Bharti also disclosed an email he had received with an identical message.
Vempati was one of individuals whose accounts were withheld last year at the Ministry of Home Affairs and law enforcement authorities' request in an effort to stop any deterioration of the law and order situation during the farmers' agitation.
In response to a legitimate legal requirement, such as a court order, Twitter "was obligated to withhold the whole account specified (e.g., @username)," according to the microblogging service.