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Making Every Effort to Comply With Govt of India’s Rules: Twitter

Further, Twitter said that an overview of their progress has been “duly shared” with the Government of India.

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Twitter is making every effort to comply with new guidelines, informed a spokesperson of the digital network company, on Wednesday, 9 June.
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Twitter is making every effort to comply with the new IT guidelines, said a spokesperson of the digital network company, on Wednesday, 9 June.

As per ANI, the Twitter spokesperson said:

“Twitter has been and remains deeply committed to India, and serving vital public conversation taking place on the service. We have assured Govt of India that Twitter is making every effort to comply with new guidelines.”

Further, in a letter addressed to the government, Twitter has reportedly said that “In order to comply with underlying intention behind guidelines, we've appointed Nodal Contact Person and Resident Grievance Officer on contractual basis as we recruit to fill position on permanent basis,” ANI reported.

As per the report, the social media giant has stated that they are in the advanced stages of finalising the appointment to the role of Chief Compliance Officer, and will provide more details regarding this same within a week at the latest.

“We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Indian government,” the spokesperson had said earlier.

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BACKGROUND

This announcement comes a day after, in compliance with a new legal request by the Indian government, microblogging platform Twitter restricted four accounts, including one belonging to Canadian-Punjabi singer Jazzy B, in India.

The Centre on Saturday, 5 June, served "one last notice" to Twitter to immediately comply with the new IT Rules, saying that failure to do so will result in the withdrawal of the exemption from liability available under Section 79 of the IT Act, 2000, and the microblogging platform will be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India.

"MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) is dismayed to note that your responses to the Ministry's letters neither address the clarifications sought by the ministry nor indicate full compliance with the Rules," the notice read.

Earlier, in February, the central government had allegedly asked social media platform Twitter to remove more than a thousand accounts for spreading misinformation and ‘anti-national’ content amid the ongoing farmers’ protests.

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