Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Milind Deora been suspended from Twitter. Users trying to access the account are being redirected to a page that clearly states that this is the case.
But how did this happen?
The latest theory doing the rounds is that Twitter blocked the wrong Deora. Earlier Firstpost reported that it was possible that the account had been reported to Twitter as being a ‘fake’ or ‘parody’ account of the Minister, leading to its suspension. But the Wall Street Journal has gone one further, noting that it is likely that Twitter messed up and blocked the ‘real’ Milind Deora instead of a parody account called @milindeora.
Be as it may, the ‘suspension’ is pretty odd, as Deora defended the government only yesterday, when users were criticising the Indian government’s move to ban websites and Twitter users. He said, “Let me clarify on Twitter there is absolutely no intent of the government to curb freedom of social media platforms.”
The comments came even as Twitter capitulated to government pressure and blocked six parody accounts of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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