India Condemns Twitter For Failing To Comply With …
India IT minister, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has announced that Twitter may face severe punishment for failing to comply with the new IT reules are aimed at regulating content on social, set up grievance redressal mechanisms, and appoint new executives to coordinate with law enforcement.
The minister stated on Wednesday that the rule which became effective in late May guides social media firms such as Facebook, WhatsApp messenger, and Twitter, making them more accountable to legal requests for swift removal of posts and sharing details on the originators of messages.
Prasad wrote to Twitter on June 5, warning the company of “unintended consequences” if it did not obey the rules, Reuters previously reported
Prasad did not directly say on Wednesday whether Twitter had lost intermediary protections, but a senior government official told Reuters that Twitter may no longer be eligible to seek liability exemptions as an intermediary or the host of user content in India due to its failure to comply with new IT rules.
Taking it to Twitter, he also stated that, “It is astounding that Twitter which portrays itself as the flag bearer of free speech, chooses the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the Intermediary Guidelines.”
“There are numerous queries arising as to whether Twitter is entitled to safe harbour provision,” Prasad tweeted. “However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines that came into effect from the 26th of May.”
Twitter, Prasad added, had chosen the “path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the Intermediary Guidelines.”
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment though it said on Monday it was keeping India’s technology ministry apprised of the steps it was taking.
“An interim Chief Compliance Officer has been retained and details will be shared with the Ministry directly soon,” it said. “Twitter continues to make every effort to comply with the new guidelines.
New Delhi-based digital advocacy group Internet Freedom Foundation said it was only up to courts, and not the government, to decide whether companies such as Twitter remained intermediaries for alleged non-compliance such as the appointment of executives.
Growing tensions between India’s government and U.S. big tech have riled firms that have spent millions of dollars to build hubs in their largest growth market, to the extent some are rethinking expansion plans, people close to the matter have told Reuters previously.