In the latest development in the government vs Twitter saga, social media company Twitter has told the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) that it is “committed to comply” with all clauses of the government’s intermediary guidelines and has sought time of the government for a week. Officials familiar with the matter gave this information on Monday. This comes days after the government issued an ultimatum to the company. The government said on Sunday that Twitter will face “unforeseen consequences” including losing its legal protection from criminal liability for user content if it does not comply with new rules for digital content.
An IT Ministry official said, “Twitter has highlighted that there have been some difficulties in making appointments for some key personnel and has sought a week’s time to comply with most of the provisions, while it is in all provisions.” Trying to speed up.” Will be implemented as soon as possible.” According to a report in Hindustan Times. Twitter, on the other hand, said in a statement on Monday that it is making every effort to comply with the new guidelines, while continuing constructive dialogue with them. The government.
The IT ministry official also told HT that Twitter is also looking at setting up an office in India, as required under the new IT rules, which seeks a physical address for major social media intermediaries.
The IT and Digital Media Rules of 2021 came into force on May 25. The guidelines require digital companies to regulate content, appoint nodal officers for compliance and grievance redressal, and adopt features such as message tracking and voluntary user verification.