Social media platform Twitter is learnt to have approached the government seeking more time to comply with the new IT rules.
According to sources, the micro-blogging site has said that it intends to comply with the rules but needs more time due to the pandemic situation in India.
“We have assured the Government of India that Twitter is making every effort to comply with the new guidelines, and an overview on our progress has been duly shared. We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Indian Government,” a Twitter spokesperson said on Monday (June 07).
This statement came after the government last week issued a strong notice regarding its non-compliance with the IT rules.
The Indian government, which has asked social media sites to follow the new norms that have come into effect, was critical of Twitter for its non-compliance with the new rules. It reflected Twitter’s “lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform,” government sources were quoted in the media.
As per the new rules, social media platforms will have to remove offending content within 36 hours after a government directive or a legal order.
The new rules mandate that the intermediaries, including social media intermediaries, must establish a grievance redressal mechanism for receiving/resolving complaints from the users or victims.