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The dispute between the government and Twitter intensifies: key developments | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sent a final communication to Twitter on Saturday asking them to immediately comply with the requirements of the new guidelines, in the event that the resulting consequences are not met as provided in the law.

  • A letter sent by the ministry to the social media platform indicated that the new rules for intermediaries went into effect on May 26. After the expiration of the three months given to social media intermediaries for compliance, Twitter has yet to appoint the India-based chief compliance officer, Nodal Contact Person and Complaints Officer.
    The Ministry in its letter to Twitter stated that the refusal to comply demonstrates the lack of commitment and efforts of the social media platform to provide a safe experience for the people of India on its platform.

  • This comes amid the removal of the Twitter-verified blue badge from the verified accounts of the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and various Sangh officials. Twitter had removed the blue badge from the Twitter personal identifier of India’s Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. Although, the official identifier of the Vice President of India @VPSecretariat still has the blue badge.
    Later today, by issuing a clarification that since the account has been inactive since July 2020, based on Twitter’s verification policy, the social media platform may remove the verified blue badge and verified status if the account becomes Inactive or incomplete, the badge has been restored.

  • On June 2, Twitter appointed an interim complaint redress officer for its operations in India in accordance with legal requirements. Dharmendra Chatur, who is said to be an appointed partner in a law firm representing Twitter in the Delhi High Court, has been appointed Acting Tort Remedy Officer.

  • On May 27, Twitter had accused the Indian government of “dangerous overreach that is incompatible with open democratic principles”, and said it had been forced to “withhold” (block in India) parts of “legitimate freedom of expression” on your platform. on fears around the safety of its employees and threats of financial penalties.
    The government, however, responded to the company, accusing it of deliberately subverting the country’s law and trying to “dictate” its terms even while using “opaque policies” to “arbitrarily” suspend user accounts and delete tweets.

  • May 25 Delhi Police The staff went to the Twitter India offices in South Delhi and Gurugram Monday night to “notify” in connection with its investigation into the controversial “toolkit” case.

  • On May 18, BJP spokesman Sambit Patra tweeted screenshots of what he calls a “congressional toolkit” intended to discredit PM Modi and the management of the Center for COVID-19. Several BJPs shared the tweet.
    Congress alleged that the “toolkit” is bogus and counterfeit letterheads were used in the circulating screenshots. A FIR TREE was filed against BJP members who had shared the documents.

  • On May 20, Twitter marked Patra’s tweet as “manipulated media,” also notes author Shefali Vaidya’s post. The next day, tweets from the accounts of BJP’s Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Priti Gandhi, Sunil Deohar, Charu Pragya, Kuljeet Singh Chahal were also tagged as “manipulated”. The government asked Twitter to remove the tag as the “toolkit” case is being investigated.

  • In February earlier this year, government sources had even opposed Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s decision to “like” some of the tweets that had been made in support of the farmers’ protests. saying it “raised doubts about the platform’s neutrality.”



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