Latest News: Social media companies like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp have shared details with the central government on their compliance to the new digital intermediary rules, while Twitter alone is yet to comply.
Twitter is yet to send details of the chief compliance officer to the IT ministry, but shared details of a lawyer who will be the new nodal contact person and the grievance officer.
Significant social media intermediaries like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Koo, Sharechat, Telegram and LinkedIn, have shared details with the ministry as per the requirement of the IT guidelines and rules that came into effect earlier this week.
As we all know, Twitter got into a bitter exchange of words with the government over marking an alleged toolkit leaked by BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra, as “manipulated media”. When the government ordered Twitter to take down the label alleging it was defaming the authenticity, Twitter refused to do so.
This resulted in Delhi Police’s Special Cell to visit Twitter India’s offices in the country only to find it empty and the visit purpose-less. Twitter blamed the government for “intimidating” with such actions. The government as well slammed Twitter’s reasoning as threat to free speech and privacy for non-compliance with new digital rules.
The centre’s new guidelines require significant social media intermediaries to appoint three key officers, chief compliance officer, nodal contact person and a resident grievance officer and to respond to complaints filed by users within 36 hours of the filing.
The new Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code Rules, 2021 were issued by the Information and Technology Ministry in February giving a time of three months to social media networks to comply with rules set and provide compliance report with the IT Ministry.