Twitter loses legal shield or Safe Harbour in India ?
Bivas Chatterjee 16 Jun 2021

Twitter loses legal shield or Safe Harbour in India ?

For the last few weeks, we have seen Twitter versus India battle specially twitter versus Government of India rift and after repeated notices by Government of India to comply rules made under IT Rule 2021 or Social Media Rules 2021, Twitter being a social media giant does not care for that as per Government of India and hence the government announced that thus Twitter loses legal shield in India and thereby Twitter loses safe harbour in India as per section 79 of Information Technology Act. Twitter has to comply the IT Act, 2000 and IT Rules 2021 as well as has to appoint a Grievance Officer to deal with complaints as well as who shall acknowledge the complaint within twenty-four hours for the purpose of maintaining due diligence.

IT Rule 2021 also specifies that these social media giants have to provide information under its control or possession within 72 hours to the law enforcement agencies on requirement. Rule 2(w) of this Rule signifies the social media intermediary is such a concept through which users primarily or solely enables online interaction between themselves to create, upload, share, disseminate, modify or access information. Furthermore, as per the Rule 3, the intermediary shall remove the objectionable materials specifically obscene materials, within twenty-four hours from the receipt of a complaint made by an individual or any person aggrieved.

For details studies in New Social Media Rules or IT Rules 2021 please follow the articles or videos on New Social Media Rules or IT Rules 2021.


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