New Delhi:– After Twitter’s repeated refusal to obey the law of the country, Twitter has been sent the last legal notice from the government today. The government has clearly said that if Twitter does not obey the law of India, then the immunity given to it as a social media platform will end.
It is now clear between Twitter and the government that the government has come in the mood to take a big action on Twitter. In the last notice written by the government to Twitter, it is written–
This letter is with reference to this Ministry’s letters dated 26 May 2021 and 28 May 2021 regarding compliance of subject rules and your respective responses dated 28 May 2021 and 2 June 2021. The Ministry is deeply disappointed to say that your response to the Ministry’s letters neither addresses the subject nor does the clarification sought by this Ministry indicate full compliance with the rules.
It is clear from your responses that Twitter has not informed the Chief Compliance Officer details as required under the rules till date. Further, the Grievance Officer and Nodal Contact Person resident of the country designated by you is not an employee of Twitter in India as clearly stipulated in the Rules. Twitter’s office address is that of a law firm in India, which is not as per the rules.
The provisions of important social media intermediaries under the rules have come into force on 26 May 2021 and it has been more than a week since Twitter has not taken necessary action to comply with the provisions of these rules. Needless to state here that such non-compliance will have unintended consequences, including termination of all exemptions to Twitter as an intermediary under Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act.
The refusal to abide by the rules hurts Twitter’s lack of commitment and efforts to provide the people of India a safe place on its platform. The world’s largest democracy, outside the country of Twitter’s origin, has been one of the first countries in the world to enthusiastically adopt the Twitter platform. Despite being started in India for more than a decade, it is unbelievable that Twitter has refused to create a mechanism that enables the people of India to raise their issues on the platform in a timely and transparent manner and through fair processes. enables resolving. Leave aside the talk of actively building such a system. Twitter is refusing to do so, even when mandated by law.
People of India, who use the Twitter platform, have been demanding a fair mechanism to address their grievances and resolve their disputes, users who are abused or harassed on the platform or defamation or sexual abuse. are subjected to or become victims of or a whole range of other abusive material must be resolved by a redressal mechanism created by the same people of India through due process of law.
However, as a goodwill gesture, Twitter has been given a final notice to comply with the rules immediately. failing which the exemption from liability available under section 79 of the IT Act will be forfeited and Twitter will be liable for consequences in accordance with the IT Act and other penal laws of India.’
May face lawsuits
After this last letter from the ministry, it is now certain that if Twitter refuses to obey the law of the country, then it will have no option but to remove the bags from the country because the exemption given under the IT Act ends. Twitter will be flooded with defamation claims and damages. In such a situation, he may have to face thousands of lawsuits which he can hardly afford.
Actually, the privacy and social policies of Twitter and WhatsApp are different in India and European countries. In India, where these companies consider the rules made by them to be paramount. On the other hand, in European countries, it changes itself according to the governments. In India, these companies are recognized as an intermediary company, which is given under section 79 of the IT Act 2000, that is, these companies can stay in the US and provide services on their products here.
Twitter is banned in many countries
They work differently in the US, while differently in India or other developing countries. Recently they have been closed in many countries. Twitter is also closed in Nigeria. There Twitter was closed after the President’s account was tampered with, Twitter has been closed in Ghana for the same reasons.
Let us tell you that yesterday Twitter removed the blue tick from the handle of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and today removed the blue tick from the handle of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Although the blue tick of the Vice President’s handle was later reinstated, the government has considered this behavior as a constitutional disrespect.
The Vice President has a constitutional post and does not belong to any party or party. Government sources believe that Twitter represents a particular ideology. Therefore, it keeps targeting handles associated with a particular ideology. By following the new rules, Twitter will be able to curb arbitrary behavior and become accountable to the common user.