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Delhi High Court Expresses Displeasure Over Non-Complaince of IT Rules by Twitter

Lawstreet Journal 2 Aug 2021 5:32pm

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The Delhi High Court expressed its displeasure on Wednesday (July, 28,2021), with Twitter Inc's appointment of a "contingent worker" as chief compliance officer (CCO) and stated that the microblogging platform was in violation of the new Information Technology (IT) rules.

While the rules required the appointment of a key managerial person or a senior employee as CCO, Twitter disclosed in its affidavit that it had appointed a "contingent worker" via a third party contractor.

“In his affidavit, he (CCO) states unequivocally that he is not an employee. This directly contradicts the rule. There must be some seriousness behind the rule. Some sanctity must be accorded,” the court remarked.

The court also expressed reservations about Twitter's use of the term "contingent worker," particularly since the identity of the third-party contractor was unknown.

“What exactly is a contingent worker? I'm not sure what it would imply. I'm having trouble with the word. Then there's the third-party contractor! What exactly is this? I am dissatisfied with the affidavit,” the judge said on Twitter.

The court ruled that Twitter's affidavit was unacceptably vague and ordered the company to strictly adhere to the rules.

“File a stronger affidavit. This is simply not acceptable. I'm giving you a long rope, but don't expect the court to keep doing it indefinitely. Disclose the name of the third-party contractor and explain the contingent,” the court said, giving Twitter a week to file the new affidavit.

The court also ordered Twitter to disclose not only all of the… Continue Reading...

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