Twitter has previously voiced concerns about the danger to freedom of speech posed by the need that a person (the compliance officer) be held legally responsible for material posted on the site.
Twitter has appointed an interim chief compliance officer in response to a notification from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) earlier this month. While the social media company claims to have kept MeiTY up to date on the situation, it has yet to share information with the government.
“At each stage of the procedure, we keep the MeitY informed of our progress. The ministry has hired a temporary Chief Compliance Officer, and further information will be provided with them shortly. Twitter is continuing to make every attempt to adhere to the new policy “According to a Twitter spokesman.
Meanwhile, Twitter’s legal indemnity in India has been revoked due to a failure to comply with new IT regulations. “There are a lot of questions about whether Twitter is eligible for the safe harbor clause. However, the plain truth is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines, which went into effect on May 26th “Ravi Shankar Prasad, a Union minister, sent out a tweet.
The new regulations, which were introduced by the government in February and went into effect on May 26, 2021, required social media companies to designate important officials in the nation. However, shortly before the deadline, Twitter voiced worries about the possible danger to freedom of speech and expressed reservations about the need that a single person (the compliance officer) be held legally responsible for material on the site. At the same time, Twitter asked MeitY to provide the new social media regulations at least a three-month delay. MeitY, on the other hand, disputed Twitter’s assertions and expressed worry that Twitter had not set up such a system in India on its own.
Later, the government issued Twitter one last notice (as a goodwill gesture) to comply with the new IT Rules as soon as possible, warning that failing to do so would result in the platform losing its exemption from responsibility under the IT Act.
On June 15, the UP Police initiated a lawsuit against Twitter over a viral video of an attack, highlighting the loss of indemnification. While Twitter has yet to reply to Business Today’s request for information on the FIR, government minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted, “What occurred in UP exemplified Twitter’s arbitrary approach to combating false news. While Twitter has been too excited about its fact-checking system, its inability to respond in other instances, such as UP, is puzzling and demonstrates the company’s inconsistency in combating disinformation.”
He further emphasized that Indian firms doing business in the United States or other foreign nations, whether in pharma, IT, or other fields, willingly obey local regulations. Why, however, are platforms like Twitter hesitant to obey Indian legislation intended to give victims of abuse and exploitation a voice?