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Can’t take as long as you want: Delhi High Court slams Twitter over non-compliance of IT Rules

Lawstreet Journal 8 Jul 2021 7:59pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Can’t take as long as you want: Delhi High Court slams Twitter over non-compliance of IT Rules

The Delhi High Court on Monday (July 5, 2021) gave an earful to the social media giant Twitter after it failed to appoint a Resident Grievance Officer (RGO) in compliance with the new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. “If Twitter thinks that they can take as much time as it wants in our country, then I will not permit that. You should have taken some firm steps to appoint the officer,” the High Court said. 

Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma appearing for the Centre said that Twitter was given a three-month window to comply with the Rules, but they did not. 

“They are most welcome to do business in India, but they have to comply. Rule 4 is the fulcrum of the IT Rules,” he said. 

Chetan Sharma further told the court that the attitude of Twitter in not complying with the IT Rules cocks a snook in the digital sovereignty of the country. 

“Forty-two days and no compliance and we have done nothing. Facebook has removed three core contents. Twitter could have done better,” Sharma added.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India earlier informed the Delhi High Court in an affidavit that despite granting 3 months to comply with the IT Rules, Twitter has failed to comply with the same, and such non-compliance is leading to Twitter losing its immunity conferred under Section 79(1) of the IT Act.

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