Delhi HC warns Twitter to comply with new IT rules

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A single-judge bench of Justice Rekha Palli of the Delhi High Court said that it would not be providing any sort of protection to the social media giant Twitter for non-compliance with the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethic Code) Rules 2021, the Delhi High Court also warns the firm to come up with a clear response on the issue or be ready to face the trouble.

The warning comes after the Senior Counsel on the behalf of Twitter sought time for providing information in regards to non-compliance on the grounds of different time zones of India and the office of Twitter in San Francisco.

The Court after providing time to the firm warned them to produce information in the next hearing without any delay stating that at present, the firm was in clear violation of the new IT rules.

While the counsel on behalf of Centre contended that the firm was already given a time-frame of 3 months to comply with rules and from 26 May onwards the compliances with the Rule 4 obligations were mandatory, the Senior Counsel of Twitter submitted that the firm has already appointed an interim Grievance officer and are in process of appointing the Grievance Officer.

Earlier, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India informed the Delhi High Court that the Safe Harbour Immunity under Section 79 (1) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 cannot be made available to Twitter as it has not complied with the news rules fully.

It was further informed that social media giant Twitter is a significant social media intermediary. Therefore, it is their obligation to comply with new rules to avail exemptions and immunity under Section 79 (1) of the IT Act, 2000.

The Matter is listed for further hearing on 8 July.

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