Twitter was non-compliant with the IT guidelines on Could 26 when the brand new rules got here into impact however the microblogging platform has subsequently appointed a chief compliance officer and a resident grievance officer as a contingent association, Parliament was knowledgeable on Thursday.
Twitter has additionally knowledgeable the IT Ministry about its bodily contact deal with in India, and has revealed a compliance report for June 2021, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated in a written reply within the Rajya Sabha.
Chandrasekhar additionally stated the assertion made by Twitter earlier in Could expressing issues over potential menace to freedom of expression and employees security was presumably an effort to divert consideration from its non-compliance to IT Guidelines and Indian legal guidelines at that stage.
The Data Know-how (Middleman Tips and Digital Media Ethics Code) Guidelines, 2021 notified on February 25, 2021 have change into totally efficient from Could 26, 2021, together with for added due diligence to be adopted by Important Social Media Intermediaries (SSMIs), he stated.
“On that day, Twitter was non-compliant. Subsequently, they’ve appointed Chief Compliance Officer and a Resident Grievance Officer as a contingent association and have additionally knowledgeable the Ministry about bodily contact deal with in India. They’ve additionally revealed the compliance report of June 2021,” he stated.
The minister went on so as to add that main digital platforms, together with Fb, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp, have knowledgeable this ministry concerning appointment of chief compliance officer, nodal contact particular person, and resident grievance officer in addition to their bodily contact addresses in India.
They’ve additionally began publishing a month-to-month compliance report, he knowledgeable the Higher Home.
“In case of non-compliance with the Guidelines, the intermediaries together with SSMIs shall lose their exemption from legal responsibility beneath part 79 of IT Act and rule 7 of the above stated Guidelines turns into relevant,” Chandrasekhar stated.
On a query about Twitter’s assertion on Could 27 airing issues over potential menace to freedom of expression and security of its staff in India, Chandrasekhar asserted that freedom of speech and expression is a constitutionally assured Elementary Proper and the corporate’s assertion was “presumably an effort to divert the eye” from the non-compliance to the Data Know-how guidelines.
“The assertion of Twitter was presumably an effort to divert the eye from the non-compliance to the Data Know-how (Middleman Tips and Digital Media Ethics Code) Guidelines, 2021 and Indian legal guidelines at that stage,” he stated.
The minister emphasised that the federal government is dedicated to the expansion of a vibrant know-how and Web ecosystem within the nation.
“Authorities has additionally assured that representatives of social media platforms, together with Twitter, stay protected in India and there’s no menace to their private security and safety,” he identified.
To a different query on whether or not the federal government would rethink the rules that counsel not directly the breaking of end-to-end encryption of messages, Chandrasekhar stated the foundations “don’t search breaking the end-to-end encryption”.
Neither the IT Act nor the brand new social media guidelines contravene freedom of speech and expression or proper to privateness, he added.