Twitter has claimed before the court that it has complied with the rules and appointed a resident grievance officer.
New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Monday said that Twitter will have to abide by the rules laid down by the new Information Technology (IT) department for digital media. Justice Rekha Palli has issued a notice to the Center and social media platform Twitter asking them to present their case on the plea of lawyer Amit Acharya. Acharya had claimed that Twitter was not following the rules. (Delhi High Court Slams Twitter; they Must Follow New IT Rules of Digital Media)
Twitter has claimed before the court that it has complied with the rules and appointed a resident grievance officer, the central government has questioned Twitter’s claim, and the court has said that “if it is not banned, they must follow the rules.”
In a petition filed by advocates Akash Vajpayee and Manish Kumar, Amit Acharya said he had tried to lodge a complaint against some of the tweets, but then he came to know about the non-compliance.
A basket of rules from Twitter?
Government sources said on Saturday that major social media companies such as Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have shared information with the Ministry of Information Technology under the new digital rules, but Twitter has not complied with the criteria set by the government.
Sources said Twitter did not send the details of the chief compliance officer to the Ministry of Information Technology. Only the details of the lawyer acting as the nodal liaison person and the grievance officer were shared with the legal entity.
Trying to impose conditions on the largest democracy; Central government’s retaliation
The conflict between the Indian government and the social media company Twitter is still ongoing. The central government, responding to a statement from Twitter expressing concern for the safety of its employees, said the allegations made by Twitter about intimidation or threats were false and baseless.
The IT ministry says Twitter is trying to impose its terms on the world’s largest democracy. Twitter is not consciously following the rules, it is deliberately trying to weaken India’s law and order. Representatives of social media companies in India are safe and will continue to be so.
(Delhi High Court Slams Twitter; they Must Follow New IT Rules of Digital Media)