New Delhi, Mar 13 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has sought the response of microblogging platform Twitter on a plea challenging the suspension of a user account for alleged violation of rules.
Justice V. Kameswar Rao issued notice to Twitter and the Centre on a petition by Jasdeep Munjal who said that on February 24, when he tried to login to his Twitter handle @MeghBulletin, he saw that his account was suspended by the US-based social media platform without giving any notice to him.
The court listed the petition for further hearing on March 30, when several other similar matters will be heard.
The Centre was represented through standing counsel Manish Mohan.
Senior advocate Sajan Poovayya, representing Twitter, said the writ petition was not maintainable against the platform as it was a private entity.
The petition said after suspension of the account, the petitioner received an email from Twitter stating that the account has been suspended for violating the Twitter rules.
“A lot of Twitter users, including various social media influencers and friends, expressed their sympathy for the arbitrary suspension of the petitioner’s account. The same thing happened with the petitioner’s previous twitter handle @MeghUpdates which had more than 1,68,000 followers and millions of impressions per month at the time of its suspension,” Munjal, represented through advocate Raghav Awasthi, said.
He claimed that there were multiple accounts which were impersonating the petitioner’s account for getting indirect benefits, and removing his handle from the platform without any notice has also given an unquestioned opportunity to fake handles in spreading false news in his name.