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Twitter Appoints Interim Chief Compliance Officer for India

New Delhi: Twitter announced on Tuesday that it has decided to appoint an interim Chief Compliance Officer, while also adding that details of the official will be shared directly with the IT Ministry soon.

Twitter and the India government have been at odds over the new IT rules.

New Delhi: Twitter announced on Tuesday that it has decided to appoint an interim Chief Compliance Officer, while also adding that details of the official will be shared directly with the IT Ministry soon.

This appointment came right after the Government of India had given one last chance to the microblogging platform to comply with the new IT rules, as Twitter had not made any immediate appointments of key personnel, which as been made mandatory under the latest guidelines that came into effect on May 26.

Right after, the US-based company had assured the Indian government that it is currently in advanced stages of completing the appointment of chief compliance officer, and also that it would present additional details within a week.

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A Twitter spokesperson on Tuesday had said the company continues to take all necessary steps to comply with the new IT rules in India, and is keeping the IT Ministry apprised of progress at every step of the process.

Furthermore, an interim Chief Compliance Officer has been retained and information will be shared with the Ministry directly soon, the spokesperson added.

Twitter has had several face-offs with the Indian government over the past months, including during the farmers’ protest and later when it tagged political posts of several leaders of the ruling party BJP as “manipulated media”, triggering a sharp rebuke from the Centre.

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The last flashpoint was the delay in complying with the IT rules that mandate large digital platforms to undertake greater due diligence as well as appoint a grievance officer, a nodal officer and a chief compliance officer. These personnel have to be residents in India.

Twitter has an estimated 1.75 crore users in India, as per data cited by the government recently.

The micro-blogging platform has stated on its website that India is an important market for the company and is among the countries in which it is piloting a new approach of building an in-market team to locally tailor its global product to the needs of the region.

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(With PTI Inputs)

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