New Delhi: Parliament Standing Committee on Information Technology is set to hold a meeting on June 29 to hear the views of Google India and Facebook India on safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social online news media platforms.
The above-mentioned Committee has called the representatives of the two IT juggernaut to express their views on the matter.
Back on June 18, the Committee had called Twitter to appear before the panel to give representation on how to prevent misuse of social media and online news.
On June 20, India’s permanent mission at the United Nations (UN) had said that India’s new IT rules are “designed to empower ordinary users of social media” and that they were finalised after the Centre held broad consultations with civil society and other stakeholders in 2018.
The government of India has framed the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (‘new IT Rules’) and notified the same on February 25, 2021. The Rules have come into effect from May 26, 2021.
Meanwhile, Dharmendra Chatur, Twitter’s interim resident grievance officer resigned on Sunday (June 27) weeks after being appointed to the post.
This leaves the microblogging site without a grievance officer as is required under the new IT Rules. Chatur’s name no longer features on Twitter’s sire which is required under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.
Chautur’s exit comes at a time when the Indian government and Twitter are involved in a tussle over the implementation of guidelines under the new IT Rules on social media platforms.
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.