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Lawyer Sues Twitter for Not Complying with IT Intermediaries Rules 2021

Team SoOLEGAL 28 May 2021 4:18pm

Lawyer Sues Twitter for Not Complying with IT Intermediaries Rules 2021

Twitter and Twitter India have been sued in the Delhi High Court for allegedly violating the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The petition seeks for a writ or order for Twitter to immediately fulfil their "executive, statutory, and any other obligations in relation to" the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules 2021. The Petitioner is "deprived of his statutory right to file a complaint with the Resident Grievance Officer," according to the court.

Amit Acharya, a practising lawyer at the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court, has filed the petition. Mr. Acharya is believed to be a Twitter user, but he is unable to file a complaint with the Resident Grievance Officer because Twitter has yet to apply one according to the   new guidelines. On Thursday, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology released a press note condemning Twitter's remark as "completely baseless, untrue, and an attempt to slander India in order to mask their own mistakes." The government has vehemently refuted Twitter's assertions in a press release issued today. India is said to foster and safeguard free speech and democratic practises.

According to reports, Twitter is refusing to follow the Intermediary Guidelines, which were created under the Regulations that provide safe harbour protection to social media intermediaries in India from criminal prosecution. The government has defended the rules, claiming that they give regular users the ability to seek recourse if they are victims of manipulated photos, slander, sexual assault, and other forms of abusive materials that are in clear violation of the law.



Tagged: Lawyer Sues   Twitter   IT Intermediaries Rules 2021   Delhi High Court   Twitter India   Information Technology   Supreme Court   Resident Grievance Officer   Intermediary Guidelines   criminal prosecution   criminalcases  
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