After a long confrontation with Twitter, the Central government informed the Delhi High Court today (August 10) that the Twitter platform has prima facie complied with the new IT rules. During the last hearing, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma sought time to verify the social media Giant’s appointment of Vinay Prakash as its Chief Compliance Officer and Resident Grievance Officer and Shahin Komath as the Nodal Contact Person. Senior advocate Sajan Poovayya told the court that the permanent officials will report directly to Twitter's US office.
When Justice Rekha Palli sought the Additional Solicitor General’s response, he said, "Our affidavit should be on record. But prima facie, they have appointed Chief Compliance Officer, Resident Grievance Officer and Nodal Contact Person. As of date, they appear to be in compliance". After recording this submission, the court gave the Centre time to file its reply and adjourned the matter to October 5.
After weeks of functioning, Twitter India apprised the IT Ministry of its physical contact address in India and also published the compliance report for the period from May 26, 2021, to June 25, 2021. conversely, sources in the government warned that the social media giant will lose its "safe harbour" immunity in India for its failure to comply with the IT rules.