Centre issues ‘one last notice’ to Twitter over compliance of social media rules

The Centre on Saturday, issued “one last notice” to Twitter over appointing India-based officers as per the country’s new rules for social media companies, failing which, the government said, it will face “consequences” as per the IT Act and other penal laws.

This comes amid an escalating standoff between the central government and the microblogging site.

“Twitter Inc. is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the Rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India,” read the letter from Rakesh Maheshwari, Group Coordinator, Cyber law, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Section 79 gives social media intermediaries immunity from legal prosecution for content posted on their platforms.

As per the new guidelines issued in February, social media platforms had been asked to appoint a resident grievance officer, a chief compliance officer, and a nodal contact person as required by the government by May 26.

The move comes on a day when Twitter had briefly removed the “blue tick” verification badge from the personal account of Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and other leaders also lost the verification badge.

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