The Centre has issued a ‘final’ notice to Twitter asking to “immediately” comply with the new IT rules.
In a letter to the social media giant, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Saturday warned that failure to adhere to the rules will lead to the platform losing exemption from liability under the IT Act.
The ministry pointed that Twitter has not informed its Chief Compliance Officer in its two letters on May 28 and June 2.
The MeitY said that Twitter’s refusal to comply with the rules demonstrated the site’s “lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform”.
“Despite being operational in India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter has doggedly refused to create a mechanism that will enable the people of India to resolve their issues on the platform in a timely and transparent manner and through fair processes, by India based, clearly identified resources,” the IT ministry said.
The ministry further mentioned that the world’s largest democracy had been among the first countries in the world, outside the parent country of Twitter Inc, to enthusiastically adopt the microblogging platform.
“Users who are abused on the platform or are harassed or are subject to defamation or sexual abuse or become victims or a whole range of other abusive content must get a redressal mechanism that the same people of India have created through a due process of law,” the IT ministry asserted.
“Leave alone proactively creating such a mechanism, Twitter Inc is in the inglorious bracket of refusing to do so even when mandated by law,” the ministry said in its notice to the company.