India reportedly warns Twitter of ‘unintended consequences’ if it doesn’t follow new rules


The Indian government has told Twitter it could have “unintended consequences” if it does not comply with the country’s new social media rules. Reuters reported. India’s technology minister wrote to Twitter in a June 5 letter that the company’s responses to previous government letters about the new rules did not confirm whether Twitter was fully compliant with the rules. Reuters.

According to the Indian Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Ethics, which: entered into force in May, social media companies could be subject to legal action if they fail to comply with the provisions of the code, which aim to regulate the content of the platforms. The new rules call on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to remove content within 36 hours of receiving a court order.

The rules also require the companies to have a complaints officer who acknowledges users’ complaints within 24 hours, a chief compliance officer and a contact person who is available 24 hours a day for law enforcement agencies.

The June 5 letter to Twitter stated that the company had not yet met the requirements for the new roles, Reuters reported, and may result in India holding Twitter legally liable for content on its platform. But the letter said that “as a goodwill gesture, Twitter is hereby given one last notice to comply immediately.”

Twitter has been tangled up with the Indian government on several fronts in recent months. In April, the social platform removed tweets criticizing the Indian government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, at the request of the government. And late last month, police in the Indian cities of Delhi and Guragon raided Twitter offices as part of an investigation into why some tweets from government officials were labeled “media manipulation” under Twitter policy. There were no employees in the offices at the time, as Twitter employees in India were working remotely.

Twitter declined to comment on Saturday.