Twitter India News: Centre issues final notice to Twitter over new IT rules

Centre Government issues final notice to Twitter over new IT rules

Central Government on Saturday has sent a final notice to Twitter for compliance with the new IT rules.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) today, has written to Twitter india seeking its clarification.

The Center has said that Twitter has failed to appoint a compliance officer and a nodal officer as required under the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021.

Twitter Inc. is hereby given a final notice to immediately comply with the rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall be withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable to consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws” center government said.

The notice comes on a day when Twitter removed verified blue ticks from the personal handles of Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat and some other faces of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Meanwhile, annoyed by Twitter's action of verifying RSS leaders, #BanTwitterinIndia is trending and demanding for strict action against Twitter from the Technology Ministry.

Centre's new IT rules 2021 for social media

  • Social media intermediaries shall appoint a Grievance Officer to deal with complaints and share the name and contact details of such officers. The officer should acknowledge the complaint received within 24 hours and resolve the issue within 15 days. 
  • Intermediaries should remove or disable, within 24 hours of the complaint received, content that displays partial or full nudity, sexual act, morphed images, etc.
  • Social media intermediaries offering messaging services must help law enforcement agencies identify and track the first originator of any contentious or problematic information.
  • An intermediary upon receiving actual knowledge in the form of an order by a court or being notified by the appropriate govt. or its agencies through authorized officer should not host or publish any information which is prohibited under any law in relation to the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, public order, friendly relations with foreign countries, etc.
  • If failed to comply, safe harbours which offer immunity to intermediaries from criminal liability would not apply to them.

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