Google, Facebook, WhatsApp comply with India's new digital rules

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New Delhi : Social media giants like Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have shared details with the IT Ministry as per directives in the newly issued digital rules; Twitter is yet to share the data, PTI reported. Twitter has not sent details of the chief compliance officer to the IT Ministry, and shared details of a lawyer working in a law firm as a nodal contact person and grievance officer, the sources said.

Significant social media intermediaries, including Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Koo, Sharechat, Telegram and LinkedIn, have shared details with the ministry as per the requirement of the IT norms that came into effect earlier this week. However, Twitter has not yet complied with the IT rules, they said.

After a strict directive from the government, Twitter sent out details of a lawyer working in a law firm in India as their nodal contact person and grievance officer.

A major war of words had erupted between Twitter and government after the former rejected claims that the company is trying to defame the nation. It started with Twitter calling the visit by Delhi Police to its offices a form of “intimidation" — a statement which met with vociferous protests from both the government and the Delhi Police. While the government called it “totally baseless, false and an attempt to defame India", Delhi Police said the statement was “mendacious" and designed to impede a lawful inquiry.

Recently, Twitter had marked several tweets by BJP leaders as ‘manipulated media’ that prompted Delhi Police officials to visit the company's office.

Twitter said it was committed to India as a vital market, but criticised the new IT rules and regulations that it said “inhibit free, open public conversation."