Profile photo of Amit Shah removed by Twitter citing copyright violation, later restored

As #TwitterBan trends in India, Social media giant Twitter on Thursday removed the display picture of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in response to a “report from the copyright holder.” Clicking on his profile picture on the verified handle, showed a blank page with the message “Media not displayed. This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”

The image was restored after a while. According to sources, there were no other details available from Twitter. Twitter’s copyright policy states, “In general, the photographer and NOT the subject of a photograph is the actual rights holder of the resulting photograph.”



This is not the first-time twitter had done this, last week similar incident happens with Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s Twitter account and for more than a week, Twitter had blocked his profile and the display photo displayed the message ‘copyright violations’. Twitter later, explained that they were acting based on a complaint from an unknown person from Bangladesh.

Twitter had recently also removed the display picture on the official Twitter handle of BCCI, also citing copyright violation.