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Twitter now in compliance with IT rules, govt tells court

The Centre has informed the Delhi High Court that microblogging platform Twitter Inc is prima facie in compliance with the new Information Technology (IT) Rules. Twitter has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Resident Grievance Officer (RGO) and Nodal Contact Person on a permanent basis, the Centre told the court.

“Prima facie, Twitter has appointed Chief Compliance Officer, Resident Grievance Officer and Nodal Contact Person in compliance with recently amended IT Rules,” Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma, appearing for Centre, told the Delhi court on Tuesday. The court said that Twitter’s affidavit on its compliance with IT Rules was “finally on record”.

Senior advocate Sajan Poovayya, representing Twitter, said the company has appointed permanent officials for the posts of CCO, RGO and NCP. He said the appointed persons will work on a full-time basis and are fully capable of performing the functions in terms of the law.

“Court gave us a long rope. Finally we have rectified the situation. We have permanent people occupying the position,” Poovayya submitted.

Twitter Inc last week informed the Delhi High Court that it had appointed a Chief Compliance Officer, Resident Grievance Officer and Nodal Contact Person on a permanent basis in compliance with the new Information Technology (IT) Rules.

The court, however, said the affidavit filed by the microblogging platform should be brought on record.

-The new Information Technology Rules-
The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 seek to regulate dissemination and publication of content in cyber space, including social media platforms, and were notified in February by the central government.

The Centre had said in its affidavit that Twitter failed to comply with India’s new IT Rules, which could lead to its losing immunity conferred under the IT Act.

On July 28, the court had expressed displeasure over Twitter appointing a contingent worker as CCO and said that the social media platform was in non-compliance with the new IT Rules. “I’m giving you a long rope but don’t expect the court to do it on and on,” the court had said.

Petitioner-lawyer Amit Acharya, represented by senior advocate G Tushar Rao, claimed that he came to know about the alleged non-compliance of IT Rules by Twitter when he tried to lodge a complaint against a couple of tweets.

The matter will be heard next on October 5. India Today

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