Social media companies have been having it rough in India of late as the state decided to introduce new regulations concerning social networks operating in the country. Twitter Inc. (TWRT) is on the receiving end again after India’s government slammed the company for not complying with the new regulations.
India’s technology minister is pointing out Twitter accusing the social network of deliberately defying and failing to comply with the new IT laws in the country which became effective at the end of last month.
According to the new rules, social media companies are liable to legal requests from the government to pull down posts from their various platforms and further share details of the originator of the post with the government.
Social media companies have been protesting this move terming it as a breach of protection of user personal data which the social networks operate under across the whole world.
India’s technology ministry warned Twitter of ‘unintended consequences’ if the company does not obey the new regulations. The ministry made the caution through a twitter post.
India’s IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, says that Twitter had a simple decision to simply comply with new rules or fail to comply and unfortunately the tech company chose the latter.
“There are numerous queries arising as to whether Twitter is entitled to safe harbor provision. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines that came into effect from the 26th of May. Twitter has chosen the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the Intermediary Guidelines,” said the minister.