Twitter removes Amit Shah’s profile picture over copyright issue

Twitter  removes Amit Shah’s profile picture over copyright issue

The profile picture on Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s Twitter profile vanished for some time on Thursday night but was restored soon. Twitter has said the picture was removed over copyright issues.

Twitter had removed Amit Shah’s profile picture “in response to a report from a copyright holder”. However, the picture was brought back soon after.

“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,” a Twitter spokesperson said, explaining why the picture was removed.

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.

On the other hand, the Centre has issued a notice to Twitter seeking an explanation for showing the district of Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir and not of the Union Territory of Ladakh.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT has given five days to Twitter to explain why legal action should not be initiated against it for disrespecting the territorial integrity of India by showing an incorrect map.