Is Twitter going crazy?
Has the United States-based social media company Twitter headed by Jack Dorsey gone bonkers? On Thursday, during the day Twitter blocked the profile photo of India’s Union Home Minister Amit Shah from his personal account claiming Amit Shah violated copyright. It was restored two hours later. But this begs the question, “How did Amit’s Shah’s photo in his personal account violate copyright?” Mr. Dorsey, what happened? New software algo gone amuck? Or is it a case of internal sabotage?
The image below shows how Twitter blocked the profile photo of India’s Union Home Minister Amit Shah, such an important person’s profile been blocked, claiming Amit Shah violated copyright. What is happening on Twitter?
Twitter restores profile photo of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s account, earlier it had removed the photo over claims in “response to a report from a copyright holder”. pic.twitter.com/uhW3kNtpgn
— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2020
A similar incident happened last week too on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s Twitter Account. For more than a week, Twitter blocked his profile and banner photo of him on Swamy’s personal Twitter account, quoting copyright violations. Later Swamy’s lawyers and Jagdish Shetty, General Secretary of Dr. Subramanian Swamy-led organisation Virat Hindustan Sangam contacted Twitter, warning of legal action. It is learned that Twitter apologized and restored the photos Thursday evening, saying that they were acting based on a complaint from an unknown person from Bangladesh, claiming Swamy’s own photo’s copyright belongs to him.
Employees gone cuckoo?
What is happening to Twitter and its crazy staffers? Don’t they apply their cranial matter or common sense when such anonymous or unknown persons complain? Or is Twitter’s algorithm being gamed? Twitter US headquarters and Twitter India office can’t play dirty tricks or pretend innocence when caught. Have they asked Subramanian Swamy or Amit Shah when someone complains of copyright violations on their own profile photos? Without asking them how did Twitter block the photos of such important persons in India?
Now Twitter is facing a serious show-cause notice from the Government of India for not declaring Leh as India’s part. The errant social media firm has to reply in five days in the case which is a punishable offence in India inviting seven years of jail time.
A few weeks back, Twitter India representatives filed an unconditional apology for showing Leh as part of China, when interrogated by the Parliamentary panel headed by Meenakshi Lekhi. Twitter officials were begging for an apology when MPs warned them of the dire consequences of violating the laws of India.
It is time to fix the errant and habitual offender social media companies filled with ideologically biased staffers. We have seen what all dirty tricks these firms played in the US Presidential elections. No one is above the law. Hope the Government of India fixes these errant social media companies.