Twitter withholds prominent journalist Rana Ayyub’s account in India

New Delhi, June 27, (KMS): Twitter on Sunday withheld the journalist Rana Ayyub’s account in India in accordance with the Information Technology Act of 2000.

Rana Ayyub took to her Twitter account to post the notice and said, “Hello Twitter, what exactly is this?”

The notice from Twitter that Rana Ayyub shared read, “In order to comply with Twitter’s obligations under India’s local laws, we have withheld the following account in India under the country’s Information Technology Act, 2000: the content remains available elsewhere.”

“As Twitter strongly believes in defending and respecting the voice of the people who use our service, it is our policy to notify account holders if we receive a legal request from an authorized entity (such law enforcement or government agency) to remove content from their account. We provide notice whether or not the user lives in the country where the request originated,” it read.

In response to Ms Ayyb’s tweet, tennis legend Martina Navaratolina said, “So who is next?!? Just awful…” She tagged Rana Ayyub and Twitter on her post.

Former CEO of Prasar Bharati Shashi Shekhar Vempati said that the notice by Twitter could be “either a bug or a delayed reaction to past incidents.”

Vempati tweeted, “Noticed many hyperventilating tweets regarding so called online censorship by Govt of India via Twitter India . It either seems to be a bug or a delayed reaction to past incidents for I too have received such an email from Twitter overnight for the incident last year.”

The former Prasar Bharti CEO also shared an email with a similar message that he had received.