Due to a violation of the minimum age requirement, Twitter blocked the news agency ANI’s account on Saturday. The reason behind the ban was revealed in a tweet from Smita Prakash’s personal account, the editor of ANI.
Smita was informed that the account had been locked because the owner did not meet the “minimum age requirement” to use the microblogging platform.
“@Twitter has locked out India’s largest news agency which has 7.6 million followers and sent this mail – under 13 years of age! Our gold tick was taken away, substituted with blue tick and now locked out,” she said in a tweet.
According to the mail received by ANI, which said, “In order to create a Twitter account, you must be at least 13 years old. Twitter has determined that you don’t meet these age requirements, so your account has been locked and will be removed from Twitter.”
She also shared another post informing people that NDTV’s handle had also been blocked. However, the specific reasons are currently unknown.