The Indian representatives of the microblogging online platform Twitter arrived before the parliamentary panel chaired by Congress’ Shashi Tharoor. They wanted to discuss the subject of its guidelines and the ill-usage of its online presence. During the deposition, Shagufta Kamran, Twitter India’s public policy manager, and his legal counsel Ayushi Kapoor represented Twitter. The meeting is set as the Centre is at its wits end with Twitter regarding the new Information and Technology (IT) rules.
The news channel ANI reported that during the meeting, the company was asked by the panel if Twitter follows the law of the land to which the respondent replied by saying that they follow their own policies. They were then asked to abide by the laws as the law of the land is “supreme.” Following that Twitter representatives were asked to give a reason for not being fined for violating the rules and regulations that are in place.
To that question, the Twitter representative replied by saying that Twitter was prepared to work with the principles and rules set by the committee with regards to safeguarding citizens’ rights online but it has to be in line with their principles of “transparency, freedom of expression and privacy.”
On Wednesday, Twitter lost its legal protection in India, implying that the company will now be regarded responsible for tweets as well as data hosted by it, making it the first US-based social media platform to do so as it did not comply with the new IT rules. It will now be editorially responsible for the posts on the platform.