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Twitter loses immunity over non compliance with the new IT laws

Twitter loses immunity over non compliance with the new IT laws

The Indian Government stated in a court filing today that U.S. microblogging giant Twitter has lost its legal immunity in India as it failed to comply with the new IT laws. The Ministry of Information Technology told The Delhi High Court that the social platform’s non compliance resulted in a breach of provision of the IT Act. The filing came related to a case filed by a Twitter user complaining against some alleged derogatory tweet and said it goes against the Information Technology Act, 2020. The company previously said that its doing everything it can to comply with the laws.

 

Electronics and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that the platform ‘chose the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the Intermediary Guidelines.’ Twitter has become the first US-based social media platform to have lost its immunity.

Twitter loses immunity over non compliance with the new IT laws

Twitter loses immunity over non compliance with the new IT laws
Twitter loses immunity over non compliance with the new IT laws

 

The intermediary status of twitter is no longer valid which mean the platform doesn’t have the immunity from the third party data hosted by it. Under the IT act,2020, it would be held accountable for every objectionable tweet. The IT ministry also accused Twitter of having bias and being selective of some content leading to manipulation of media.

 

According to the experts, As Twitter always has been the place of unfiltered opinion, the fact that it now would have liability of every post on its platform would put a lot of pressure on the US microblogging site. India is one of the biggest markets for Twitter and it would certainly affect their business.

 

The new IT law has been heavily criticised by activists, intellectuals and educationists for curtailing free speech. The BJP led Government has been accused of trying to silence dissent against their government through unconstitutional use of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and now with the new IT laws so that they track down people who posted anything the Government deems to be derogatory and can be prosecuted. Social media platforms are the most used medium for people all around the world to express their opinion and raise awareness against injustice. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have been of great help in COVID crisis too. People posted requirements of health services and leads which helped million suffering from COVID. During the CAA protests and farmer’s protest too, these social platforms were a medium for people to express their displeasure with the Central Government.

 

In a democracy, dissent is important for the nation to function. Critics fear that if this system of curtailing free speech goes on, India would soon turn into an autocracy.

 

Subhangee Guha

Break the Newz.

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