Twitter loses its status as intermediary platform in India due to non-compliance with new IT rules

By Rajan Nath - June 16, 2021 10:06 am

In a major development, Twitter has lost its status as an intermediary platform in India due to non-compliance with new IT rules, the news agency ANI reported on Wednesday.

With this, instead of being considered just a platform hosting content from various users, Twitter will be directly editorially responsible for posts published on its platform.

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The implication of this development is that if there is any charge against Twitter for alleged unlawful content it would be treated as a publisher – not an intermediary – and be liable for punishment under any law, including IT Act, as also the penal laws of the country.

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Earlier in the day, the government sources had revealed that Twitter lose its status as an intermediary platform in India as it does not comply with new guidelines, it is the only social media platform among the mainstream that has not adhered to new IT rules.

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Meanwhile, a Twitter spokesperson said that "We're keeping MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and IT) apprised of progress at every step of the process.

The interim Chief Compliance Officer has been retained and details will be shared with Ministry directly soon. Twitter continues to make every effort to comply with new IT rules, the spokesperson added.

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