“Have Right to Challenge IT Rules – Twitter To HC” Twitter India

Delhi News: Twitter India has said to the Delhi High Court that it will take eight weeks to appoint a resident grievance officer (RGO) in rules and regulations with the new IT Rules.

And it is in the process of setting up a cooperation office in India, which will be its indefinite physical contact address. 

However, Twitter said it has the complete right to challenge the new IT Rules of the centre govt.

A bench held by the Justice Rekha Palli had told Twitter’s counsel, Come up with a clean and clear response on it, otherwise you will be in difficulty.

And also look for the information on Twitter’s rules and regulations with other provisions of the (IT) Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, new 2021 (IT Rules, 2021) by the next date of hearing.

Delhi HC slams Twitter over non-compliance of IT Rules; No relief for Twitter

The bench also posted the matter for additional hearing on July 8th.

The counter from Twitter has come in front of the Delhi High Court on Tuesday which pulled up the micro blogging sites for failing to assign resident grievance officers (RGO). 

By saying, How long will the twitter process take place.? This cannot be allowed anymore, and has given a free pass to the Central government of India to act against the social media firm as well.

On the aspect of assignment of RGO under the rule 4(1)(c), the Twitter said it is in the ongoing process of making an offering of assignment to a resident of India as its “interim RGO ” and expecting to complete it on or before July 11, 2021.

The micro blogging site also said that it will file and can file its first rules and regulations report covering the time period of May 26 to June 25, will not be late and will be done on July 11th, consistent with the new IT Rules.

Twitter also said, though it is struggling to fight with the new 2021 IT Rules, but it has complete reserves and its right to challenge it legally, validity, and vires of the new IT Rules. 

And Twitter’s submissions on the rules are filed without prejudice to its right to challenge the rules in Indian constitution.

How Twitter India Responded

Twitter has also addressed a communication to MeitTwitter it has posted publicly a job announcement for a Chief Compliance Officer, says the document filed.

The plea had requested the high court to release the guidelines to the Centre Government to pass and take necessary instructions to Twitter India.

And Twitter Inc to assign a resident grievance officer under the Rule 4 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules, of 2021 without any delay.

On May 31st, the Delhi High Court had released a notice to the microblogging platform Twitter on a plea by the advocate Amit Acharya.

The plea had stated that in a nutshell, every significant social media intermediary has the responsibility of assigning not only a resident grievance officer who will act as a one point authority for receiving and disposing of complaints within a fixed time. 

But someone should also take and acknowledge any order of it to notice and guidelines issued by the competent authorities of the government.

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Twitter aslo said it has assigned a hailing person of India as its interim chief compliance officer who will be on duty from July 6th.

And it has engaged the services and duties of the interim CCO as a contingent employee with a third-party contractor.

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