Internet Community Indian government gives final notice to Twitter to comply with new IT rules

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has given Twitter a final notice to comply with its new IT rules, which were passed in February. Among the rules, it is required that social media companies appoint a Chief Compliance Officer.

Ish Sookun

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Cover photo, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, by Laurentiu Morariu on Unsplash.
Cover photo, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, by Laurentiu Morariu on Unsplash.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting jointly introduced the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 on the 25th February 2021 to put restrictions on digital platforms in India. The rules provided a window of three months to allow major social media companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & WhatsApp to comply with the special provisions.

The new rules came into effect on the 26th May 2021.

Twitter, since the beginning of this year, has expressed its engagement with the Indian authorities to tackle abuses that could trigger offline harm. On 20th April 2021, Twitter announced that it has expanded its engineering team in India.

On the 27th May 2021, through a press release, Meity accused Twitter of attempting to dictate its terms to the world's largest democracy.

On the 5th of June 2021, MeitY gave  Twitter a final notice on its non-compliance with the new IT rules, which requires Twitter to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer and communicate the details to MeitY.

Major news & media organizations picked up this story and are keen to see how it unfolds. This can set a precedence for other countries looking to hold the reins on social media companies.