Twitter loses legal shield in India for not complying with new IT laws

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New Delhi : Tech giant Twitter has lost its legal protection in India from prosecution over users' posts because it failed to comply with the new IT rules which came into effect on May 25. The company had not shared the details of mandatory Chief Compliance Officer.

"Due to their non-compliance their protection as an intermediary is gone. Twitter is liable for penal actions against any Indian law just as any publisher is," a NDTV report quoted sources.

A case has been filed against Twitter in Uttar Pradesh, where it has been alleged that the social media giant may be responsible for trying to ignite communal violence in the nation.

A Muslim man, identified as Sufi Abdul Samad, had alleged that his beard was cut off and he was forced to chant "Vande Matram" and "Jai Shri Ram" by a group of men during the assault. The UP Police has clarified that this was not the case, the man was lying. He was attacked by a group of six people – Muslim and Hindus – who were not happy with him over the sold amulets.

The FIR has charged Twitter and several journalists for inciting 'communal sentiments' as they shared tweets with false information.

The police also notified that they had issued an official press release in the incident on June 14, despite that Twitter did not remove those tweets or marked them as false information.

"Since they do not enjoy any protection and they did not flag this video as manipulated media, they are liable for penal action," government sources said in a report by NDTV.

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The government has said that Twitter is the only mega Tech giant that has not been complying with the new IT rules issued.

Meanwhile, Twitter has claimed that they have appointed an officer and details for the same will be shared within one week.

Earlier this month, the government had issued a stern warning to either comply with the new rules or face the consequences.