The Madras High Court has stayed certain clauses introduced in the New IT Rules, 2021, stating that prima facie there was substance in the petition that a control mechanism would rob the media of its independence. The sub-clauses (1) and (3) of Rule 9 stayed. The matter has been adjourned till the last week of Oct, with the Supreme Court also scheduled to hear similar cases in the first week of Oct, after which a firm decision may be made.
Twitter now appeared to be in compliance with the new IT Rules, 2021. Twitter has made appointments in the three positions necessary to comply with the rules. “I can tell you that the chief compliance officer, nodal contact person, and resident grievance officer have been appointed, and they (Twitter) are today in compliance [with] the law,” Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma told the court. The matter will be heard next on October 5.
Twitter recently informed a local Court that it had appointed a chief compliance officer cum resident grievance officer, and hired a nodal contact person as per the new IT Rules of India. The appointment comes two months after the regulations have been implemented. Twitter had previously breached the timelines for compliance with the new regulations, that were in effect from May 26, which resulted in it losing the immunity granted to internet intermediaries.
The microblogging platform Twitter has finally agreed to comply with India’s new IT rules. Twitter has taken down 22,564 accounts for “kid sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity” as well as “terrorist propaganda.” The platform, in its first compliance report, also stated that it has taken action against 133 posts for various reasons, including harassment and invasion of privacy. This has come after Twitter’s intermediary platform protection was lost in the country.
Vinay Prakash has been named Twitter’s resident grievance officer for India. The microblogging platform has been in the spotlight due to its failure to comply with the country’s new IT rules. Last month, Twitter, which has 1.75 crore users in India, lost its legal protection as an internet intermediary. Earlier, as required by the new rules, Twitter had designated Dharmendra Chatur as its interim resident grievance officer for India. But Chatur quit in a month.
Google, Facebook, and Instagram were praised by IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad after they released their first compliance report on the voluntary removal of offensive posts as per the new IT rules. He termed it as a big step towards transparency. Facebook took action against 30 mn posts, Instagram against 2mn, Google removed over 59,000 posts and Koo removed over 27,000 posts after receiving various reports.
Google, in April 2021, received over 27,000 complaints of violation of local laws or personal rights. 59,350 pieces of content were removed by Google in India. These numbers were revealed in Google’s first-ever transparency report under the new IT rules. The report also mentioned a two-month lag for data processing and validation. Facebook has released a report on July 2nd, regarding the removal of content from its platform.
The government of India has made it compulsory for top social medial companies like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram to delete impersonating accounts within 24 hrs of being reported. This mandate is a part of the new IT rules. Fake accounts target famous personalities, companies and are used for carrying out phishing attacks selling counterfeit products, and even scams. The mandate is for social media platforms with over 50 lakh users.