New Delhi: In a latest development, Twitter is learnt to have approached the Indian government seeking more time to comply with their new IT rules.
As per sources, the micro-blogging website has said that it wants to comply with the new IT rules but is in need for more time due to the pandemic situation in India.
“Twitter has written to Meity seeking more time to comply with the IT rules. It has expressed its intent to comply with the rules but has been unable to do so because of the pandemic,” a source told PTI.
This response from Twitter comes right after the Central government, last week, released a strongly-worded final notice to the company over its non-compliance with India’s new IT rules.
When asked about it, a Twitter spokesperson said that the company has been and remains deeply committed to India.
“We have assured the Government of India that Twitter is making every effort to comply with the new guidelines, and an overview on our progress has been duly shared. We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Indian Government,” the spokesperson said.
In its official notice, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had said that Twitter’s denial to follow the new rules demonstrated the micro-blogging site’s “lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform”.
“Despite being operational in India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter Inc has doggedly refused to create mechanism that will enable the people of India to resolve their issues on the platform in a timely and transparent manner and through fair processes, by India based, clearly identified resources,” the ministry had said.
The new IT rules for social media companies that came into effect last month mandate large platforms like Facebook and Twitter to undertake greater due diligence and make these digital platforms more accountable and responsible for the content hosted by them.