New Delhi: Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Milind Deora's Twitter account was not functioning on Friday. The users who clicked on his handle (@milinddeora) saw a message "account suspended: The profile you are trying to view has been suspended."
But Deora told CNN-IBN his account has gone for verification, adding that normally verification doesn't lead to a temporary suspension.
The word spread like wildfire on Twitter. Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien (@quizderek) assured curious users that there is no controversy in the latest development which comes on the heel of the government ordering Internet service providers to block about 20 accounts that officials said had spread scare-mongering material that threatened national security.
"No controversy... Milind Deora's #twitter account has been sent for 'verification'...should be up again soon I hear," O'Brien said.
Deora's last tweet before his account was suspended was "Ironically, let me clarify on Twitter that there is absolutely no intent of the government to curb freedom of social media platforms."