According to a lawsuit filed Monday, one of the gigantic social media firms, Twitter, has no more immunity regarding content tweeted on its platform by 3rd parties in India. Indian court is still to contribute in the matter.
The assertion made by the Indian government means that the platform would be lawfully accountable for any kind of content tweeted by its users, and it would act as a departure from its earlier protection status as an ‘intermediary.’
The lawsuit says the company has now departed its protection status due to its failure in obedience to the nation’s novel IT (Information Technology) rules and regulations, which took place in May this year. Moreover, the report was delivered to a media agency, CNN, by a familiar source who was involved in the case who wasn’t allowed to share information.
In February, the country set novel strict Information Technology regulations, and IT firms had given a phase of 3 months to follow. The new policy demands any kind of social media firm to implement a set of three rules: a grievance officer (who will sort out complaints from the users who reside in India); an obedience officer (who will make sure the firm is obeying local rules and laws); and the last one a contact person (who will be available 24/7 for Indian law enforcement). The most important thing is that all above mentioned officers must reside in the country.
Twitter didn’t obey new IT rules
The country’s court objected that the social media platform, Twitter, didn’t meet India’s prescribed rules about Information Technology firms. The company refused to make any remake in response to the court’s filing.
The firm has already indicated its uncertainties with the novel social media regulations, albeit Twitter has described that it remains extremely dedicated to the country, which has proved one of its largest markets.
Earlier month, in a declaration, Twitter explained that they have guaranteed the Indian Government that the platform is creating each effort to obey novel rules and regulations, and an overview of their progress has been duly shared. The company added that they will continue their constructive dialogue with the Government of India.
On Monday, the lawsuit against Twitter explained that the company had declared a provisional contact officer and grievance officer, but the pair left their parts soon after. The Government of India described in its filing that Twitter’s official website now contains the name of the regulator under ‘Grievance officer contact information for Indian users, but the address of executive is in California, which marked non-compliance with the new IT rules and regulations 2021.