The Indian government stated in a court document that Twitter no longer enjoys liability protection for user-generated content in India due to the failure of the US Weibo giant to comply with the new IT rules.

The statement was the first time that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially stated that Twitter had lost immunity after repeatedly criticizing the company for non-compliance.

This dispute and public quarrel has raised concerns that under a stricter regulatory environment, it will be difficult for American companies to conduct business.

According to a document dated July 5, the Indian IT Ministry told the New Delhi High Court that Twitter’s violations violated the provisions of the IT Act and caused the American company to lose its immunity.

The document was filed in a case filed by a Twitter user who wanted to complain about some suspected defamatory tweets on the platform and stated that the company did not comply with the new law requiring the appointment of certain new executives.

Twitter declined to comment. The company has previously stated that it is making every effort to comply.

India’s new IT rules that came into effect at the end of May are aimed at regulating the content of social media companies and making them more accountable for the legal requirements for prompt deletion of posts and sharing of the details of the originator of the message.

Minister of Science and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad (Ravi Shankar Prasad) criticized Twitter for deliberately defying the law and said that all social media companies must comply with the new regulations.

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In recent weeks, as the dispute between New Delhi and Twitter has intensified, the Indian police have filed at least five lawsuits against the company or its officials, including some cases related to child pornography, as well as information posted on its career page. Controversial map of India.

Police in two Indian states named the head of Twitter India Manish Maheshwari in the complaint. In addition, Uttar Pradesh has challenged the Supreme Court’s prohibition against police action against Maheshwari, after a lower court protected him from arrest for accusing the platform of being used to spread hatred.

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