Information and Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday (June 16) lashed out at Twitter over its non-compliance to the new rules. The Union Minister said that Twitter has purposely chosen the route of non-compliance notwithstanding being allowed many opportunities. “Foreign companies are free to do business in the country but they have to adhere to laws. The country is not dependent upon Twitter,” the Union IT Minister said in his first response today.-
Hitting out at Twitter, Prasad said that it is shocking that Twitter that depicts itself as the flag bearer of free speech, chooses the route of intentional defiance with regards to the Intermediary Guidelines. “There are numerous queries arising as to whether Twitter is entitled to safe harbour provision. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines that came into effect from the May 26,” Prasad said in a progression of posts on local microblogging platform Koo.
Prasad said that Indian organizations, be it pharma or IT or others that go to work together in the US or in different nations abroad, willfully adhere to the local laws. “Then why are platforms like Twitter showing reluctance in following Indian laws designed to give voice to the victims of abuse and misuse,” he asked.
The Indian culture shifts like its huge geography, he said, adding that in specific scenarios, with the enhancement of social media, even a little sparkle can cause a fire, particularly with the danger of fake news. “This was one of the objectives of bringing the Intermediary Guidelines,” Prasad said.
In a significant difficulty to Twitter, the microblogging site has lost its ‘safe harbor’ protection in India over non-compliance with IT rules and inability to choose key staff ordered under the new rules, regardless of consistent reminders, and it will currently be at risk for activity under Indian Penal Code for outsider unlawful content.
Recently, the government had allowed one final opportunity to Twitter to abide by the revised IT runs, that became effective on May 26, and had given a harsh warning that inability to acceptance to the standards will prompt the platform losing exception from liability under the IT Act.
The IT Ministry had questioned Twitter over not giving information about the Chief Compliance Officer as needed under the rules.
Additionally, the resident complaint official and nodal contact person designated by the organization isn’t a worker of Twitter Inc in India as endorsed in the rules, the ministry had hailed.