On June 5th, the Central Government has sent a final notice to Twitter asking it to follow the latest IT rules. Twitter has been warned that the social media platform “shall be liable for consequences” under the law.
The notice from The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) reads, “Twitter Inc. is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the Rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India”
MeitY said the Resident Grievance Officer and Nodal Contact Person appointed by Twitter is not an employee of the company, which is against the rules.
All social media platforms were given an ultimatum of 3 months to comply with the new rules, which came into effect on May 26th. If any company would not comply with these rules, the company would be liable for content published on its platform, as it would lose its status of intermediary.
Message from MeiTY about Twitter
MeiTY states that Twitter’s lack of compliance “demonstrates Twitter’s lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience” for Indian users on the platform.
MeiTY goes on to state “Despite being operational in India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter Inc. has doggedly refused to create mechanisms that will enable the people of India to resolve their issues on the platform in a timely and transparent manner and through fair processes, by India based, clearly identified resources. Leave alone proactively creating such a mechanism, Twitter Inc. is in the inglorious bracket of refusing to do so even when mandated by law,”.
The government is also in battle with WhatsApp to break end-to-end-encryption of messages in law-and-order situations.