India warns Twitter to comply with new IT rules
India electronics and IT ministry said Saturday it was “dismayed” over Twitter “non compliance” and flagged the May 26 deadline, when the new rules came into force.
“The refusal to comply demonstrates Twitter lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for people of India on its platforms,” its notice said.
“Needless to state, such non compliance will lead to unintended consequences including Twitter losing exemption from liability as an intermediary,” the ministry said.
“As a gesture of goodwill, Twitter Inc is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the rules.”
The regulations demand that social media companies give details of the “first originator” of posts deemed to undermine India sovereignty, state security or public order.
Tech companies are also required to appoint a chief compliance officer for the rules and a “grievance redressal officer”, both based in India.
New Delhi last week said most major social media sites had already shared details of their chief compliance officer, contact person and grievance officer, including Koo, ShareChat, Telegram, LinkedIn, Google, Facebook and WhatsApp.
The row between India and Twitter escalated in May after the tech firm marked hermes dinnerware china replica
a tweet from a ruling party spokesman as “manipulated media”.
New Delhi accused Twitter and other US tech giants of “double standards” in taking down disputed content.
India IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government respects people privacy and the new rules are aimed at preventing “abuse and misuse of social media”.
But critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi administration is seeking to stifle online opposition in what is a huge market for Twitter, Facebook and other tech firms.
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