A dispute between Twitter and the government of India gained another chapter. Now the authorities have given a “final warning” to the social network, which may lose liability protection for published content if it fails to adhere to the Intermediary Guidelines and the Digital Media Code of Ethics.
The Ministry of Technology sent a letter to Twitter on May 28th. However, the agency claimed that the company's responses "do not address the clarifications requested by this ministry, nor do they indicate full compliance with the rules."
Now the government has issued an ultimatum and said it can remove Twitter's disclaimer. Basically, the social network can be legally responsible for the content posted by users on the platform. Currently, the responsibility for what is said rests entirely with the post and the company's role is to moderate.
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India's government's new law addresses enforcement actions against media companies. With the new rules, social networks are required to delete posts within 36 hours if requested by authorities. They are also required to have certain employees 24 hours a day to respond to these requests.
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For the Associated Press, Twitter said that “to keep our service available, we will strive to comply with applicable laws in India. But, as we do around the world, we will continue to be strictly guided by principles of transparency, a commitment to empower all voices in the service and to protect freedom of expression and privacy under the rule of law,” explained the platform.
The relationship between Twitter and India has been troubled since the beginning of the year, when farmers protests they started to be organized by social networks and the government started to request the removal of opponents' accounts.
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