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Twitter failed to fully comply with IT rules 2021 despite 3 months’ time: Centre tells Delhi HC

Lawstreet Journal 7 Jul 2021 10:35pm

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On July 5,2021, the Central Government told the Delhi High Court that despite the three months granted to all-important Social Media Intermediaries (SSMI), Twitter Inc has not fully complied with the 2021 IT (Information technology) rules.

The deadline for compliance with the new regulations was May 26, 2021.

In an affidavit filed before the Delhi HC, the Centre stated that Twitter Inc has failed to comply with the IT Rules, as of July 1, 2021.

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) in its affidavit stated that Chief Compliance has not yet been appointed, the position of the Resident Grievance Officer is vacant, the position of the Nodal Contact person (even if it is a temporary basis) is vacant, and the physical contact address, which was supposed to there on May 29,2021 is not available on Twitter website.

The Centre also stated that any non-compliance amounts to a breach of provisions of IT Rules, leading to US-based Twitter losing its immunity granted under section 79(1) of the IT Act, 2000 which says that anything contained in any law for the time being in force but subject to the provisions of sub-sections (2) and (3), an intermediary shall not be liable for any third-party information, data, or communication link made available or hosted by him. It stated that the IT Rules, 2021 are the law of the land and Twitter Inc must abide by them.

The affidavit reads,

 "The immunity conferred on intermediaries under section 79(1) is a conditional… Continue Reading...

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