Former Union minister for electronics and data expertise Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday lauded his successor Ashwini Vaishnaw for asserting the necessity to adjust to the social media and middleman pointers, whereas additionally highlighting that Twitter was taking steps to observe the foundations.

“Greetings to the new IT Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw for firmly reiterating that the new IT Rules are designed to empower the safety & security of users against misuse and redress their grievances,” Prasad wrote on Twitter.

He added that it was “assuring to note that Twitter too has taken some steps to comply with the new Rules”. The former Union minister had been locked in an escalating battle with the social media firm over compliance with the brand new pointers, even going as far as to say that Twitter was not entitled to safety beneath the IT Act’s protected harbour clause.

Vaishnaw, the brand new minister for electronics and data expertise, held a overview assembly on Saturday to debate the controversial social media and middleman pointers, and was up to date on the standing of compliance, Hindustan Times reported on Monday.

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“Reviewed the implementation and compliance of Information Technology Rules, 2021 along with my colleague Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar Ji. These guidelines are empowering and protecting users and will ensure a safer and responsible social media ecosystem in India,” Vaishnaw posted on Koo, the home different to Twitter, on Sunday.

Barely hours after he took cost on Thursday, Vaishnaw mentioned that the regulation of the land is supreme, and Twitter should fall in step with the brand new social media and middleman pointers.

A ministry official mentioned the Vaishnaw was apprised on the standing of compliance of every social media agency, as vital social media intermediaries, which have 5 million customers or above, having to nominate a grievance redressal officer, a nodal contact individual and a compliance officer. The official, nonetheless, declined to touch upon the standing of Twitter’s compliance with the brand new pointers. “The issue of Twitter was discussed, as was every other social media firm,” the official mentioned.

The microblogging platform, which has been at odds with the Central authorities, over compliance with the brand new guidelines that got here into full impact on May 25 on Sunday, posted the main points of its grievance redressal officer on its web site. It appointed Vinay Prakash as its resident grievance officer. Twitter’s interim resident grievance officer Dharmendra Chatur stepped down from the put up final month, barely 4 weeks after his appointment. To make certain, the ministry mentioned that Chatur’s appointment was not in step with the brand new pointers because the lawyer was not an worker of the corporate. The firm knowledgeable the Delhi excessive courtroom that it had made new interim appointments and sought eight weeks to make everlasting ones.

It additionally revealed its first grievance redressal report saying that it actioned 133 posts for causes starting from harassment to privateness infringement and suspended over 18,000 accounts for “child sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity”.

Twitter fell foul of the federal government after it refused to take down posts that carried a controversial hashtag relating to the Prime Minister earlier this yr. The authorities despatched Twitter two non-compliance notices, threatening penal motion if it failed to dam the accounts. The firm, in flip, raised considerations relating to the brand new guidelines and the security of its staff. This prompted a powerful response from the federal government, which warned the agency towards making an attempt to dictate phrases. Twitter decreased to cede house on the implementation of its insurance policies, because it mentioned it was defending free speech and marked posts by outstanding BJP politicians Sambit Patra and Vinay Saharasrabuddhe as manipulated media. It additionally locked out the Union minister over an alleged incident of copyright infringement, in step with US regulation.

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