Center sends Twitter the latest notification of compliance with IT rules

When new IT rules were introduced, social media giants such as WhatsApp and Twitter and Google were asked, along with other authorities, to abide by the rules.

However, this led to heightened friction between the Indian government and Twitter, as the latter failed to comply with the IT rules (guidelines for intermediaries and code of ethics for digital media) in 2021.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sent the social media giant Twitter a final notice regarding the compliance mechanism related to IT rules.

According to the department, a letter was addressed to Mr Jim Baker on Twitter saying that the company in question had failed to provide the details of its chief compliance officer. The ministry also indicated that the resident complainant and the node contact person are not affiliated with the company.

It was also stated that the said office address was not from Twitter, but from an India-based law firm.

As a goodwill gesture, the government sent the company a final notice as the actual last date was May 26th. The government made it clear that failure to comply with the last notice would withdraw the protection granted to Twitter as an intermediary under Section 79 of the IT Act. The government also warned of criminal prosecution.

The ministry claimed that Twitter’s reluctance to act shows its lack of commitment and efforts to provide a safer experience for its users on its platform. It was also noted that the company refused to put in place mechanisms that would allow citizens to resolve their problems in a timely and transparent manner.

It should be noted that companies like Google and WhatsApp challenged the constitutionality of new IT rules before the Delhi HC. In addition, few news portals have turned to the High Court because of the flaws in the rules.

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