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Govt’s ‘last’ Notice to Twitter, Warns of Penal Action

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The Union Ministry of Electronics and IT has sent its final notice to Twitter over non-compliance with the new IT rules. It has again warned of penal action in case the US-headquartered social media platform fails to comply with the norms.

The notice sent by the ministry noted that in view of Twitter Inc’s non-compliance with the rules, which came into effect on May 26, 2021, “consequences follow”.

“However, as gesture of goodwill, Twitter Inc is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India,” it said.

The ministry said that it is clear from the responses of the company that till date, it has not been informed about the details of the Chief Compliance Office as required under the Rules. Further, it also said that the Resident Grievance Officer and Nodal Contact Person nominated by the platform are not its employees in India as required under the new rules.

“The office address of Twitter Inc as mentioned by you is that of a law firm in India, which is also not as per the rules.”

It said that the refusal to comply demonstrates Twitter’s lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform.

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