New Delhi, Oct 5 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today disposed of a petition that sought Twitter Inc to comply with Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021(IT Rules 2021) in view of an affidavit filed by Centre, confirming Twitter’s compliance.
A Single Judge Bench of Justice Rekha Palli disposed of the petition as all the prayers of the petitioner remained satisfied.
Senior Advocate G. Tushar Rao appearing for the petitioner sought for liberty to approach the court, if any subsequent grievances arise, the court granted the same.
The petition had been filed by Amit Acharya, alleging that Twitter has not complied with the Centre’s IT Rules to appoint a resident grievance officer, and sought directions to the social media platform to comply without any delay.
Petitioner Amit Acharya stated that the IT Rules came into effect on February 25 and the Centre had given three months to every social media intermediary, including Twitter, to comply with them. In his plea, filed through advocate Akash Vajpai and Manish Kumar, Acharya said he came to know about the alleged non-compliance when he tried to lodge a complaint against a couple of tweets.
Under the new digital rules, social media companies like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have been asked to identify within 36 hours the originator of a flagged message as well as conduct additional due diligence, including the appointment of a chief compliance officer, nodal contact person and resident grievance officer.
The court on the previous date had the Additional Solicitor General Mr Chetan Sharma informed the Delhi High Court that Twitter was prima facie in compliance with Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021(IT Rules 2021)./ILNS/SR/KR/SNG