IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that Twitter deliberately violated and failed to comply with the country’s new IT rules that took effect in late May.

The new rules or so-called intermediary guidelines announced in February aim to regulate the content of social media companies such as Facebook, its WhatsApp messengers and Twitter, so that they can quickly delete posts and share relevant information from initiators.

The rules also require large social media companies to establish grievance handling mechanisms and appoint new executives to coordinate with law enforcement agencies.

According to a previous report by Reuters, the Ministry of Science and Technology of India sent a letter to Twitter on June 5, warning that the company would face “unintended consequences” if it does not comply with the regulations.

Prasad did not directly state on Tuesday whether Twitter lost its intermediary protection, but a senior government official told Reuters that due to failure to comply with relevant regulations, Twitter may no longer be eligible to seek liability exemption as an intermediary or host of Indian user content. New IT rules.

Prasad said on Twitter: “There are many doubts about whether Twitter is entitled to the safe harbor clause.” “However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter failed to comply with the intermediary guidelines that came into effect on May 26.”

Prasad added that Twitter chose the “path of deliberate contempt when it comes to intermediary guidelines.”

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment, but it said on Monday that it is informing the Ministry of Science and Technology of India about the measures it is taking.

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“An interim chief compliance officer has been retained, and the details will be shared directly with the ministry soon,” it said. “Twitter will continue to make every effort to comply with the new guidelines.

The Internet Freedom Foundation, a digital advocacy organization based in New Delhi, said that only the courts, not the government, can decide whether companies such as Twitter are still suspected of non-compliant intermediaries, such as appointing executives.

People familiar with the matter have previously told Reuters that the growing tension between the Indian government and major US technology companies has angered companies that spend millions of dollars to establish centers in their largest growth markets, so that some companies are rethinking expansion plans.

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