Social media giants Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have submitted details to the IT ministry to comply with India’s new digital rules but Twitter is yet to follow the norms, PTI reported, citing government sources. Twitter has not yet sent the details of the chief compliance officer to the IT Ministry, the sources said.
It has sent the details of a lawyer, who works in a law firm, as a nodal contact person and grievance officer, they said.
Under the new IT rules, these designated officers of the major social media platforms should be the employees of the company and resident in India, they added.
Meanwhile, most of the major social media companies have provided the ministry the details of chief compliance officer, nodal contact person and grievance officer, said sources.
Twitter yet to comply with new rules
Social media platforms like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Koo, Sharechat, Telegram and LinkedIn have sent the details, complying with the new rules that came into effect on May 26. However, they said, Twitter is yet to comply with the new rules.
“We aim to comply with the provisions of the IT rules and continue to discuss a few of the issues which need more engagement with the government. Pursuant to the IT rules, we are working to implement operational processes and improve efficiencies,” a Facebook spokesperson had said in a statement.
Govt’s new guidelines
The social media companies faced May 25 deadline to comply with the new guidelines for digital platforms.
The government had announced the new rules in February this year. Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were required to follow additional due diligence even in appointing a new chief compliance officer, nodal contact person and resident grievance officer.
Now, if Twitter fails to comply with the new rules, it may lose its intermediary status. This status gives them exemptions from liabilities for any third-party information and data hosted by them.