In a shocking incident, Twitter has locked the official handle of NDTV, a leading Indian media agency, on Saturday evening without stating any reason for the same. The microsite is yet to release an official statement regarding the issue. However, the NDTV team has tweeted on another handle stating that they are “working with Twitter to restore @ndtv account.”
NDTV is claimed to be India's most-followed English news handle and has been run by journalists since 2009. It is still not clear why Twitter has locked the account, leaving everyone guessing. When one visits the NDTV Twitter handle, the message “This account doesn't exist. Try searching for another” greets them.
In a separate incident, Twitter also locked out another Indian media agency ANI, stating that it is ‘under 13 year's of age'. The Twitter account of ANI was removed, citing the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in the United States, which states that a user should be at least 13 years old to open a Twitter account.
It is not known yet if the NDTV handle has also been locked for a similar reason. The media agency and Twitter have yet to release official statements on the matter, leaving everyone wondering what could have gone wrong.
The sudden suspension of NDTV's Twitter account has raised several questions about Twitter's policy on account suspension and whether it is being implemented fairly. This incident has also sparked concerns about free speech and censorship on social media platforms.