Delhi Highh court notice to Twitter over new IT rules, have to respond by this date

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sent notices to social networking sites Twitter India and Twitter INC for not following the new IT rules. The court issued the notice on a petition filed by advocate Amit Acharya seeking an order to twitter india and twitter INC to implement the new IT rules 2021 issued by the central government with immediate effect within the stipulated time frame.

A single judge bench of Justice Rekha Palli issued a notice to Twitter asking it to respond to the matter by July 6 for further hearing. Twitter told the court that it had followed the rules. A local complaint officer has been appointed to redress any complaint related to the tweet. The Central government, on the other hand, has objected to Twitter's claim and did not confirm compliance with the rules. On this, the court said that if the new rules have not been stayed, Twitter will have to follow it (rules).

The petition said, "The Central Government had on February 25, 2021 issued the new Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021) directing all social media networks, including Twitter, to implement it within 3 months. Even after the expiry of the deadline on May 25, 2021, Twitter has not yet implemented the new rules nor appointed a local complaints officer for redressal of grievances regarding tweets on its platform".

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