Journalist Barkha Dutt Twitter Account Blocked

NEW DELHI

Journalist Barkha Dutt launched a scathing attack on Twitter Inc today for temporarily locking her account after she posted details of men who allegedly stalked and threatened her.

Dutt said some people had posted and circulated her phone number on Twitter, enabling the harassment, which she said included threats of rape and images of genitalia being sent to her phone.

Dutt tweeted some of the threats and images, and she included phone numbers and names of the men who allegedly threatened her, after which her account was suspended.

She posted her complaint against Twitter in a tweet , after her account was re-activated.

“I would like to place on record my absolute horror and disgust at Twitter’s encouragement of sexual abuse and gender inequality,” said Dutt.

Dutt accused Twitter of being “vile enablers of sexual abuse and violence”.

Twitter said it did not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons and it referred to its rules that users may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorisation and permission.