This is the first time micro-blogging site Twitter has spoken out on new digital rules, under which social media platforms have been appointed as a compliance officer in India, set up a complaint response mechanism and remove content within 36 hours of a legal order. Having said.
WhatsApp has approached the Delhi High Court against this rule. WhatsApp has sued the government saying that the rules are unconstitutional and violate user privacy.
A Twitter spokesperson said, “Twitter is deeply committed to the people of India. Our service has proved to be important as a source of public conversation and people’s support during the Corona epidemic. To keep our service available, we in India We will strive to abide by the applicable law. But, as we do around the world, we are committed to empowering every voice on the principles of transparency and service, and to protect freedom of expression and privacy under the rule of law. Will continue to be guided by “.
The Twitter spokesperson said, “Right now, we are concerned about the recent events regarding our employees in India and the potential danger of freedom of expression for the people we serve. We, many in civil society in India and around the world People are concerned about the use of bullying tactics by the police in response to the core elements of the new IT rules, along with enforcing our global Terms of Service. We advocate advocating changes to those elements of these regulations Making plans that prevent free, open public dialogue. “
The spokesman said, “We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Government of India and believe that it is important to adopt a collaborative approach. Protecting the public interest is the collective responsibility of elected officials, industry and civil society.”
Let us know that Twitter has been on the radar of the government and police since BJP leaders posted it on alleged “Congress toolkit” as “manipulation media”. The government had asked Twitter to remove the tag and in this regard Delhi Police visited the offices of Twitter India in Delhi and Gurgaon on Monday evening to seek clarification and give notice.
The new rules were announced on 25 February. Under this new rule, large social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp (which have more than 5 million users in the country) will need to take additional measures. This includes appointment of Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Officer and Grievance Officer based in India, etc.
These social media companies may have to lose their intermediary status if they do not follow the rules. This condition gives them exemption and protection from liabilities for any third party information and data they have ‘hosted’. In other words, after the expiry of its status, action can be taken on the complaint.
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