Courts Update Twitter finally complies with New IT rules 2021. Appoints...

Twitter finally complies with New IT rules 2021. Appoints Nodal officer, Grievance officer and chief compliance officer

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New Delhi Aug 10(ILNS): The Central Government today informed the Delhi High Court that “Twitter” prima facie is in compliance with Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules 2021).

A Single Judge Bench comprising of Justice Rekha Palli granted time to the petitioner and the Central Government to file their respective affidavits in relation to Twitter’s compliance with IT Rules 2021.

Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya appearing on behalf of “Twitter” informed the court that they have appointed employees with permanent status as Chief Compliance Officer, Grievance Officer, and Nodal Contact Person in accordance with the New IT rules 2021. Mr. Poovayya further informed the court that they have appointed Mr. Vinay Prakash as the permanent Resident Grievance Officer (RGO) and Chief Compliance Officer(CCO) while Mr. Shahin Komath has been appointed as the Nodal Contact Person. 

Additional Solicitor General(ASG) Mr. Sharma said that the Twitter prima facie was in compliance with IT Rules 2021 as of today and appointments made now should not be withdrawn tomorrow.

The court on the previous date had deferred the hearing after the Central Government’s request for time to verify whether Twitter has made appointments in accordance with the New IT Rules, 2021. 

The next date for the hearing is October 8, 2021.

It is pertinent to note that the petition has been filed by one Amit Acharya before the Delhi High Court 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 to conduct additional due diligence, including the appointment of a chief compliance officer, nodal contact person, and resident grievance officer. 

Previously, the court had granted time to Twitter India to come up with a ‘better affidavit’ clearly setting out the details of the person who have been stated to be appointed as Chief Compliance Officer cum Resident Grievance Officer in compliance with the Information Technology./ILNS/SR/KR/SNG

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