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Twitter executives grilled on blocking Amit Shah account at parliamentary panel meet Amit Shah

Twitter executives grilled on blocking Amit Shah account at parliamentary panel meet

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 21 Jan 2021, 11:36 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Executives from Facebook and Twitter, who appeared before a parliamentary committee on Thursday, were grilled heavily on why they blocked the accounts of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in November.

The agenda of day's meeting included safeguarding citizens' rights, preventing misuse of social news media platforms and women security in the digital space.

According to reports, the executives were questioned why Shah's Twitter account was blocked and who gave them the right to do so.

The Twitter officials explained that they had to block the account temporarily as there was a copyright issue in regards to a picture posted.

"This decision was reversed immediately and the account is fully functional," a spokesperson of the microblogging site had said.

In the backdrop of a huge controversy over hate speech and content being closely monitored and removed in the United States, some members of the ruling party questioned how social media platforms could remove content when there is no law against it in India.

Both Twitter and Facebook said they have strong rules regarding the content and would remove content when necessary to ensure it does not incite violence.