India accuses Twitter of ‘deliberate failure to comply’ with regulations


Indian Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in his posts on his Twitter account, stated that the social media platform “deliberately chose the path of not complying” with the internet regulation, which came into effect from May 26, despite multiple opportunities given.

Noting that it is surprising that Twitter, which is described as the “flag-bearer of freedom of expression” when it comes to internet regulations in India, has taken the “deliberate opposition path”, Prasad said, “Moreover, the surprising thing is that Twitter refuses to establish the process as required by the laws of the country, allowing users to not addressing their grievances.” used the phrase.

Minister Prasad noted that Twitter has labeled certain content “manipulated media only when it suits what they like or dislike”.

Stating that the rule of law is the foundation of Indian society and that freedom of expression is constitutionally guaranteed in India, it was reaffirmed at the G7 summit, Prasad said, “Attempts by any foreign institution to present itself as the flag bearer of freedom of expression in India in order to be exempted from the laws of the country are unnecessary. said that.

In accordance with its user agreement and community guidelines, Twitter adds the phrase “manipulated media” to media (video, audio, and video) content that has been produced or modified for the purpose of misleading.

Twitter appoints temporary chief compliance officer for new internet regulations in India

On the other hand, in a statement made on Twitter yesterday, it was stated that the company made every effort to comply with the new regulations in India.

The company noted that it has appointed the temporary chief compliance officer in India, which is mandatory under the new regulations, and that the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technologies will soon be informed about the matter.

Twitter described the new rules as a “potential threat to freedom of expression” when they went into effect at the end of last month.

While the new social media regulation in India was adopted in February, social media companies are required to have representatives in the country, to report the source of “harmful content” and remove it when requested.

Social media companies will need to report the source of “harmful content” when requested

Electronics and Information Technologies Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the draft regulation called “Information Technology Rules 2021” at the joint press conference they held in the capital New Delhi on February 26.

In this context, Prasad stated that social media companies would be required to report the source of “harmful content” when requested.

Stating that “harmful content” will include issues such as state security, public order, harassment and harmful sexual content, Prasad said, “The government welcomes criticism and the right to dissent, but it is very important for social media users to have a structure to voice their complaints against social media abuse. important.” he said.

The measures that were put into effect on May 26, after the 3-month temporary exemption period that passed since the legal regulation, caused concerns that the freedom of thought and expression would be restricted in the public.

With the aforementioned internet regulation in the country, the obligation to remove criminal posts on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, to share user traffic and information against malicious information dissemination attempts, and to make all posts accessible to third parties in order to allow for judicial follow-up was brought.