Twitter loses legal protection after failing to follow new IT regulations. The Rules on Information Technology) (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) were published in February and went into effect on May 25.
According to government sources, Twitter has lost legal protection in India due to the failure to recruit statutory officers in accordance with the new IT rules. According to sources, the twitter platform’s legal indemnity in India has been revoked after it failed to comply with new social media rules requiring it to employ key officers in the country.
According to a government official, Twitter will be considered an intermediary once it follows the new Information Technology (IT) rules, and it will no longer be protected from penalties under Section 79 of the IT Act, which exempts social media firms from liability for third-party content, if it does not do so.
“Now, if a case is filed in court, Twitter will not be able to use the Information Technology Act to seek safe harbour. In any scenario, if the complaint is filed after May 26, Twitter will be unable to claim an exception as an intermediary.” The Rules on Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) were published in February and went into effect on May 25.
According to the person, the administration extended extra time to Twitter to comply with the requirements as a gesture of goodwill. According to the official, Twitter has failed to fulfil even its own deadline of a week to make the nominations as per the new guidelines. Details of the conformity officer’s appointment are still to be communicated with the government, according to the official.