The social media platform said the necessary appeals process was being followed to protect the safety and privacy of the individuals concerned.
Last week, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had written to Twitter India objecting to Gandhi’s tweet, arguing that the photo had exposed the family of the minor victim and that it had violated the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.
“As explained in our help centre, if a Tweet was found to be in violation of the Twitter Rules, and has yet to be deleted by the account holder, we hide it behind a notice and the account remains locked until the Tweet is removed or the appeal is successfully processed,” the company said in a statement.
Twitter said that it enforces its rules judiciously and impartially for everyone on its platform. Gandhi will not be able to tweet or engage with his audience as long as the account remains locked.
On Sunday, the Congress said Twitter was practising double standards and alleged that the government was intimidating the platform. “Modi government forces Twitter to lock Rahul Gandhi’s account, for demanding justice for Delhi rape victim. Twitter complies but (takes) no action against National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Anju Bala (BJP leader) for tweeting the same picture. Twitter India, why the double standard? Why the selective outrage,” it said in a tweet.
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In June, Twitter
had temporarily locked the account of former Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for an hour alleging violation of US copyright laws.
Twitter locked Prasad’s account following a copyright violation complaint by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment for tweeting a video of AR Rahman’s Maa Tujhe Salam in 2017, according to Lumen Database, a repository of legal complaints and requests for removal of online material.
IFPI had told The Economic Times that Twitter
had not taken a “licence for music content” that users could host on the platform, unlike other social media companies such as Facebook and YouTube.