A “Final Notice” given to Twitter on Government’s digital rules

On Saturday, the government gave a last chance to Twitter for appointing India-based officers in order to follow the new rules made by the nation with regards to social media, failing which Twitter might have face to face “consequences” as per the government.

The final warning was given to the social media application when it removed the verification badge (Blue tick) from the personal account of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu as he had not logged in for six months. Following the same, the government said that Twitter needs to comply with the rules immediately, failing which under section 79 of the IT Act, 2000, exemption from liability, will be withdrawn and Twitter shall face the consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India.

Along with other social media platforms, Twitter is currently enjoying the protection which holds users responsible for posts deemed illegal but if Twitter fails to comply with the rules, it’s indemnity would be revoked thereby making the platform responsible for content posted by its users.

In order to make social media firms further accountable to legal requests with regards to removal of posts and require the presence of an Indian grievance officer to deal with the complaints, the nation has announced new set of rules aiming towards the same.

The appointment of an interim grievance redressal officer has been informed by Twitter but a compliance officer and a nodal officer is yet to be named. The government though still claims that the platform has not met the conditions of the new law completely.

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