A parliamentary panel has asked Twitter to respond within two days about the suspension of Ravi Shankar Prasad and Shashi Tharoo’s Twitter accounts

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According to news agency ANI, the Parliamentary panel for Information Technology requested a response from Twitter within two days over the locking of the handles of IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Congress politician Shashi Tharoor. On the same day, the panel’s secretariat addressed a letter to the corporation stating the same thing.

The panel, led by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, had also instructed the secretariat to get a written response from the corporation on the problem within the time frame specified.

“Twitter will have to give a written answer to the committee within 48 hours, why and under what rule Twitter blocked Twitter accounts of IT minister Ravi Shankar Pradesh and Senior MP of Congress, Shashi Tharoor,” news agency ANI said, citing unnamed sources.

In addition, if the committee does not receive a sufficient response from Twitter, the panel has requested to call a Twitter representative to discuss the matter.

On June 25, the IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Twitter that, access to his account had been restricted due to a violation of the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act, but that access has since been restored.

He called the incident unusual and added further “Twitter’s actions were in gross violation of Rule 4(8) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021…..” where they have been failed to provide any prior notice before denying him the access to his account.

Tharoor also tweeted about a similar experience and he stated that, one of his video uploaded by him was deleted for violating the same rule. He also further added that the IT minister had appointed to possible violation of Indian regulations while Twitter have tried to conforming to the foreign rules.

“As a Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, I can state that we will be seeking an explanation from @TwitterIndia for the locking of @rsprasad’s & my accounts & the rules & procedures that they follow while operating in India,” Tharoor tweeted on June 25, affirming that Twitter would be asked for an explanation.

Following that, Twitter got into issue again after a distorted map of India was presented in their professions section under the heading “Tweep Life.” Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were depicted as independent entities on the contentious map. Following a barrage of criticism, Twitter took down the map on Monday. However, police in certain states, including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, have launched legal complaints against Twitter.