NewsIndiaIndia warns Twitter to comply with new IT rules

India warns Twitter to comply with new IT rules

-

New Delhi, India: India on Saturday issued “one last notice” to Twitter to comply with new IT regulations that the social media giant says threaten privacy guarantees.

Digital rights activists say New Delhi’s latest rules could be used by the government to identify authors of critical posts on social media sites.

But the government argues they are needed to investigate national security offenses and cases involving sexually explicit material.

India’s electronics and IT ministry said Saturday it was “dismayed” over Twitter’s “non-compliance” and flagged the May 26 deadline, when the new rules came into force.

“The refusal to comply demonstrates Twitter’s 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’s 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 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.

Delhi police visited Twitter’s office to serve a notice ordering it to join an official inquiry into the “manipulated media” label — a move the company described as “intimidation”.

There was no immediate comment from Twitter on the latest notice from New Delhi Saturday.

India’s IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government respects people’s privacy and the new rules are aimed at preventing “abuse and misuse of social media”.

But critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is seeking to stifle online opposition in what is a huge market for Twitter, Facebook, and other tech firms.

COVER IMAGE VIA TWITTER

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Two Koreas restore severed communications in surprise thaw

Seoul, South Korea: North and South Korea signaled a surprise thaw in relations on Tuesday, announcing the restoration of...

Hong Kong court to give first national security trial verdict

Hong Kong, China: A Hong Kong court will lay down a marker on the city's future legal landscape Tuesday...

Sacrifice, exile: how Filipina Hidilyn Diaz made Olympic history

Tokyo, Japan: Triumphant weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz will now forget the years of exile, sacrifice, training, and nutrition that took...

World Bank to finance extra Covid jabs for poorer nations

Geneva, Switzerland: A new World Bank financing mechanism will allow developing countries to purchase Covid-19 vaccines collectively through the...

Record-shattering heatwaves caused by pace of warming: study

Paris, France: Heatwaves that obliterate temperature records as in western Canada last month and Siberia last year are caused...

After Covid jab, BioNTech sets sights on malaria vaccine

Frankfurt, Germany: Germany's BioNTech, which developed a coronavirus vaccine with US giant Pfizer in record time, said Monday it...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you