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Twitter requests more time from govt, says it is making every effort to comply with the new guidelines

Twitter India released a statement late on Monday saying that it is "deeply committed to India, and serving the vital public conversation taking place on the service." The platform added that it is making every effort to comply with new guidelines.

twitter-logoKetan Pratap | June 8, 2021 | Updated 11:02 IST
Twitter logo (Image: Reuters)
Twitter logo (Image: Reuters)

Highlights

  • A new report claims Twitter has reached out to the government seeking more time to comply with new IT rules.
  • Twitter India released a statement on Monday saying that it is making all effort to comply with new guidelines.
  • The new IT Rules requires platforms like Twitter to appoint a grievance officer, a nodal officer, and a chief compliance officer.

Twitter India has reached out to the government seeking more time to comply with the new IT Rules that went into effect last month. The micro-blogging platform has reportedly said that it needs more time due to the pandemic situation in India.

A PTI report citing sources claims Twitter approached the government on Monday after the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Saturday gave the platform one last notice to comply with the new guidelines.

In a statement to India Today Tech, a Twitter spokesperson said, "Twitter has been and remains deeply committed to India, and serving the vital public conversation taking place on the service. 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."

Several media reports claim that Twitter has requested a week's time to comply with new guidelines. For those unaware, the government announced new rules in February and said they would come into effect from May 25.

In a strongly-worded statement, the centre on Saturday said that Twitter would face unintended consequences if it didn't comply with the new guidelines.

On the other hand, Twitter has reached out to the government, saying that it is having difficulties in appointing people for key roles. Notably, Twitter has to appoint a grievance officer, a nodal officer, and a chief compliance officer and all of these officers need to be a resident of India.

"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," MeitY had said a few days back.

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