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NEW DELHI: The Union ministry of electronics and knowledge know-how on Saturday despatched a last communication to Twitter asking them to conform instantly with the necessities of the brand new tips failing which resultant penalties as enjoined within the regulation shall observe.

  • A letter issued by the ministry to the social media platform acknowledged that the New Intermediary Guideline Rules have change into efficient from May 26. After the expiry of the three months given to social media intermediaries for compliance, Twitter is but to nominate India primarily based Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Contact Person and Grievance Officer.
    The Ministry in its letter to Twitter acknowledged that the refusal to conform demonstrates the social media platform’s lack of dedication and efforts in the direction of offering a protected expertise for the folks of India on its platform.

  • This comes amid the withdrawal of the verified blue badge by Twitter from the verified accounts of Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and a number of other Sangh functionaries. Twitter had eliminated the blue badge from the private Twitter deal with of Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu. Although, the official deal with of the Vice President of India @VPSecretariat continues to have the blue badge.
    Later right this moment, issuing a clarification that for the reason that account was inactive since July 2020, as per Twitter verification coverage, the social media platform could take away the blue verified badge and verified standing if the account turns into inactive or is incomplete, the badge was restored.

  • On June 2, Twitter appointed an interim grievance redressal officer for its India operations in keeping with statutory necessities. Dharmendra Chatur, who’s reported to be a accomplice designate at a regulation agency representing Twitter on the Delhi excessive court docket, has been appointed as an interim grievance redressal officer.

  • On May 27, Twitter had accused the Indian authorities of “dangerous overreach that is inconsistent with open, democratic principles”, and stated that it has been compelled to ‘withhold’ (block in India) parts of “legitimate free speech” on its platform over fears across the security of its staff and threats of economic penalties.
    The authorities, nonetheless, shot again on the firm, accusing it of intentionally subverting the regulation of the land and attempting to “dictate” its phrases even whereas utilizing “opaque policies” to “arbitrarily” droop person accounts and delete tweets.

  • On May 25, Delhi Police personnel went to workplaces of Twitter India in south Delhi and Gurugram on Monday night to “serve notice” in reference to their probe into the controversial ‘toolkit’ case.

  • On May 18, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted screenshots of what he calls a “Congress toolkit” geared toward discrediting PM Modi and the Centre’s dealing with of Covid. Several BJP shared the tweet.
    Congress alleged that the “toolkit” is faux and cast letterheads have been used within the screenshots in circulation. An FIR was filed in opposition to BJP members who had shared the paperwork.

  • On May 20, Twitter marked Patra’s tweet as “manipulated media”, additionally flags writer Shefali Vaidya’s put up. The subsequent day, tweets from accounts of BJP’s Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Priti Gandhi, Sunil Deohar, Charu Pragya, Kuljeet Singh Chahal additionally tagged “manipulated”. Government requested Twitter to take away the tag because the “toolkit” case is being investigated.

  • In February earlier this 12 months, authorities sources had even objected to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s choice to ‘like’ among the tweets that had been made in assist of the farmers’ protests, saying it “raised questions over the neutrality of the platform.”


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