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Twitter removes Amit Shah’s profile picture over copyright issue


Social media giant Twitter, on Thursday, removed the profile picture on the verified account of Union home minister Amit Shah for a brief period over copyright issue. The profile picture vanished for some time on Thursday night, but was restored soon.

The profile picture was removed “inadvertently” in connection with the social media giant’s global copyright policies.

A Twitter spokesperson said: “Due to an inadvertent error, we temporarily locked this account under our global copyright policies. This decision was reversed immediately and the account is fully functional.”

According to Twitter’s copyright norms, the photographer has copyright over an image and not the subject.

With Amit Shah’s profile picture being removed, it immediately triggered reactions on Twitter. Amit Shah has over 23 million followers on Twitter and follows 296 people himself.

Centre asks Twitter to explain wrong political map of Leh

Meanwhile, the Union government has directed social media giant Twitter to explain why it showed Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of a separate Union Territory. The Centre has sought a reply from Twitter on the issue within “five working days”.

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If Twitter does not respond within the timeframe or the government is not satisfied with the social media giant’s response, it can block access to Twitter under the IT Act. Also, a police complaint can be filed against its officials with punishments up to six months imprisonment.

The government said showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir was a “deliberate attempt by Twitter to undermine the will of the sovereign Parliament of India which had declared Ladakh as a Union Territory with its headquarters in Leh”.

The government said Twitter should explain why legal action should not be taken against the website and its representatives for “disrespecting the territorial integrity of India by showing an incorrect map.”


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