After months of tug of war with the Indian government, the microblogging social network Twitter has finally agreed to the new IT laws. The said development was shared by the Indian government with the Delhi High Court.
The new IT rules titled ‘Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code’ require social media sites to employ dedicated people to handle different issues, namely a grievance office, a compliance officer, and a nodal officer. These rules apply to social media intermediaries who have a user base of more than 5 million.
Twitter has already appointed a chief compliance offer and a nodal office for India. It previously appointed a grievance officer but was dismissed by the court as the new IT rules required the social network to have permanent hiring at a senior level.
All of this comes after a series of drama and raids conducted on Twitter’s Gurgaon and Delhi offices in May. As per reports, the police raid was to investigate why a supposed “toolkit” on coronavirus was tagged as “manipulated media” by the social network. However, it was also viewed as an indirect retaliation against Twitter’s non-compliance with the new IT rules.
H/t: The Next Web