Google, Facebook, WhatsApp share details with IT department; Twitter Still Not Keeping Up With The New Digital – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Big social media companies like Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have shared details with the IT ministry as required by the new digital rules, but Twitter is still not following the standards, government sources said.
Twitter did not send details of the compliance officer to the IT Department and shared details of an attorney working at a law firm as a nodal contact person and grievance officer, the officials said. sources.
This is when IT rules clearly require that these appointed managers of major social media platforms be company employees and reside in India, they stressed.
Meanwhile, most major social media platforms have shared with the ministry the contact details of the compliance officer, nodal contact person and grievance officer, as provided for by the new rules, sources said. .
Major social media intermediaries, including Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Koo, Sharechat, Telegram and LinkedIn, have shared details with the ministry in accordance with the requirements of IT standards that came into effect earlier this week.
However, Twitter has yet to follow IT rules, they said.
After a firm response from the government on Thursday, Twitter sent a communication sharing details of a lawyer working at a law firm in India as a nodal contact person and grievance officer.
On Thursday, the dispute over Twitter’s handling of certain messages had turned into an all-out war of words, with the government claiming the messaging platform was making baseless and false allegations to defame India and dictate terms to the largest democracy in the world.
It started with Twitter calling the Delhi police visit to their offices a form of “intimidation” – a statement that sparked fierce protests from the Delhi government and police.
While the government called it “completely unfounded, false and an attempt to defamate India,” Delhi police said the statement was “false” and designed to prevent a legal investigation.
Twitter had tagged several tweets from ruling BJP leaders about an alleged opposition strategy document to target the government on COVID as containing “ manipulated media, ” prompting police to visit its offices on Monday. evening.
Twitter said it was engaged in India as a vital market, but criticized new IT rules and regulations which it said “prevent free and open public conversation.”
The government criticized Twitter’s remarks on allegations of intimidation and threats to free speech and said in an emphatic counter-speech that the microblogging platform had sought to undermine India’s legal system by his actions and his deliberate disregard.
Under the new rules, social media companies like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter were asked to identify the author of a reported post within 36 hours and perform additional due diligence, including appointing a manager. of compliance, a nodal contact person and a resident. grievance officer.
The Center said the new rules are designed to prevent abuse and misuse of platforms and provide users with a solid forum for resolving grievances.
Failure to comply with the rules would result in these platforms losing their status as intermediary, which gives them immunity from liability for the data of third parties hosted by them.
In other words, they could be subject to criminal prosecution if there are complaints.
After the new standards went into effect on May 26, the IT ministry stepped up pressure on major social media companies, asking them to immediately report compliance and provide details of the top three officials. named.