Twitter complies with new IT rules, appoints personnel mandated under the law

The information was revealed in a letter written by the American microblogging site to the government of India

Twitter on Wednesday complied with at least some provisions of the new IT rules as it made a few statutory personnel appointments mandated under the new rules for social media intermediaries. According to a report by news agency ANI, Twitter has appointed a Nodal Contact Person & a Resident Grievance Officer on a contractual basis.

The information was revealed in a letter written by the American microblogging site to the government of India. Twitter went on to further explain that is working at an advanced stage for appointing a Chief Compliance Officer. “We plan to provide additional details to you in the next several days, and at the latest within a week,” the letter accessed by ANI added.

Earlier in the day, a Twitter spokesperson sought to assure the Indian government by saying that the company is trying its best to comply with the new IT rules of the country. The spokesperson also informed that they had shared an overview of the progress made on the issue with the government.

The latest development comes after Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave a stern warning to Twitter to comply with the new IT rules formulated by the government of India in February 2021. May 26 was the last date for social media sites to implement the provisions mandated under the new rules governing social media intermediaries. Koo app was the only social media application operating in India to abide by the provisions in time.

Earlier on May 27, Twitter had said that it was concerned about the safety of its employees in India. “We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Indian government and believe it is critical to adopt a collaborative approach,” it had then said.

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