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Delhi High Court gives Twitter one last opportunity to comply with IT rules

After the Central Government’s ‘last notice‘, the Delhi High Court has now granted Twitter one week’s time as “the last opportunity” to file affidavits showing its compliance with the new intermediary rules. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said Twitter was in total non-compliance with the IT rules.

Court’s Order

The single-judge bench of Justice Rekha Palli has ordered that the affidavit filed must clearly state the details of the third-party contractor worker which Twitter has appointed as its chief compliance officer and resident grievance officer.

The Court has also asked Twitter to furnish reasons as to why it could not appoint a nodal contact person until now and by when appoint him. Senior counsel Sajan Poovayya appearing for Twitter has submitted that they’ve written separate letters to MeitY informing it of the appointments and the ministry is yet to respond.  

Previous Hearings

On 6th July 2021, the MeitY informed the High Court that Twitter has lost its intermediary immunity because of non-compliance with IT rules. Then on 8th July 2021, High Court criticized Twitter’s attitude towards the seriousness of the issue and observed that Govt can take action if Twitter is in non-compliance with IT rules.

Then on 12th July 2021, Twitter finally appointed a Grievance officer and published its first compliance report. However, the officer resigned only a couple of weeks later.

The matter is now listed on 6th August 2021.

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Pukhraj Biala

I am an undergraduate student at Symbiosis Law school, NOIDA, pursuing B.A.LL.B. I am a problem solver who believes in reaching to a conclusion by weighing all the options and identifying the best possible one. I find Technology Laws quite fascinating and I continue to follow and learn the subject.

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