On Thursday people on Twitter discovered that the handle of the media company, India Today was nowhere to be found. When one looked for user @IndiaToday, an empty search result appeared.
Various Twitterati took the notice.
Where did the @IndiaToday Twitter handle disappear? pic.twitter.com/jksVdWOxRw
— Sohini Guharoy (@sohinigr) February 7, 2019
What happened to the @IndiaToday twitter handle? 🤔
— SamSays (@samjawed65) February 7, 2019
Regarding the situation, on condition of anonymity, it was revealed by an India Today employee to Newsd.in that, “there is some kind of tech issue” and the team “is trying to fix it”.
After 30 minutes of hiccups, the account seems to have gone back live.
Twitter has been in news recently after the members of Youth for Social Media Democracy protested outside its office on Sunday, alleging that the microblogging website has taken an “anti-right-wing attitude” and has been blocking their accounts.
Days later, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Anurag Thakur headed Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology summoned Twitter India officials over the issue of safeguarding citizens’ rights on social media platforms.
The Parliamentary Commitee on Information Technology will examine the issue:
SAFEGUARDING CITIZENS RIGHTS ON SOCIAL/ONLINE NEWS MEDIA PLATFORMS
MEITY & TWITTER will present their views.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) February 5, 2019
The panel asked the representatives of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to appear before it during on February 11.