Ravi Shankar Prasad: Twitter had many opportunities to comply with new IT law

Union IT minister Shankar Prasad justified the removal of Twitter’s legal protection in India over non-compliance with Intermediary Guidelines, which, he said, it deliberately chose to not suits.

Union information and technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday justified Twitter losing legal protection in India, saying that the social media giant did not suits the new IT guidelines despite being given multiple opportunities.

“There are numerous queries arising as to whether Twitter is entitled to safe harbor provision. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines that came into effect from the 26th of May,” Prasad said on Koo.

Further on Koo, which many considers as Indian version of Twitter, Prasad stated that further, it had been given multiple opportunities to suits an equivalent , however it’s deliberately chosen the trail of non-compliance.

“India’s commitment to the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech was yet again reaffirmed at the G7 summit. However, if any foreign entity believes they can portray themselves as the flag bearer of speech in India to excuse itself from complying with the law of the land, such attempts are misplaced,” Prasad further said.

The official said, as a gesture of goodwill, the government gave Twitter overtime to suits the principles. But Twitter has did not meet even its own deadline of every week to form the appointments as per the new rules, the official said. The official added that details of the compliance officer’s appointment were yet to be shared with the government.

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