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IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to Meet Social Media Firms Post Monsoon Session

The meeting comes amid a stand-off between Twitter and the Indian government over the applications of the provisions of the new IT Rules.

Union Railway and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw speaks in the Lok Sabha, during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (LSTV/PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vasihnaw will meet representatives of social media firms this month, sources told ANI. The meeting comes amid a stand-off between Twitter and the Indian government over the applications of the provisions of the new IT Rules.

Twitter had refused to comply with the new rules after which it lost the intermediary tag in the country.

The Centres in an affidavit submitted in the Delhi High Court had said that the microblogging site had failed to comply with the rules even after being given three months and a number of warnings by the government.

The government had also approached the Supreme Court seeking transfer of all cases regarding the IT rule to be transferred from various high courts across the country to the apex court.

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Twitter was also pulled up by the Delhi High Court on July 28 and directed the social media giant to file a better affidavit on the appointment not of three nodal officers as required under the new IT Rules,.

Under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021, every social media entity must appoint a Chief Grievance Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and a Nodal Contact Person all of whom must be residents of India.

The new guidelines came into force on May 25 and require any social media site with a user base of more than 50 lakh to appoint a grievance officer to resolve complaints.

However, Twitter was the only social media outlet to not comply with the guidelines after it was served a final warning on June 5.

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The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in a meeting with senior Twitter officials had reprimanded the microblogging site and had asked it to follow the rule of the land.

With inputs from ANI

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