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Twitter appoints interim Chief Compliance Officer; to share details with IT ministry soon

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Twitter’s stance seems to be softening now amid a dispute with the government over the new IT rules. Twitter said on Tuesday that it has appointed an interim chief compliance officer for India.

Soon the details of the officer will be shared directly with the Ministry of Information Technology. The government had said in a notice to Twitter that it is given the last chance to comply with the rules.

The officer has to comply with the rules immediately. If she fails to do so, the exemption given to her from liability under the IT Act will be forfeited. Along with this, he has to be ready for action under the IT Act and other penal provisions.

Following this, Twitter last week wrote to the government assuring that it was in the final stages of appointing a chief compliance officer as per the new information technology rules. Additional details will be given to the government within a week. An official source gave this information.

On Tuesday, a Twitter spokesperson said the company was making every effort to comply with the new guidelines and the information technology ministry was being kept informed of progress at each step of the process. An interim Chief Compliance Officer has been appointed and the details will be shared with the ministry soon.

Twitter’s move assumes significance as the microblogging site was facing a tough stance by the government for delay in complying with IT norms. Under the new rules, large digital platforms will have to be more accountable for the content they put on their platforms.

Under the new rules, major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp will need to take additional measures. This includes the appointment of Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Officer, and Grievance Officer in India, etc.

News Source: IndianExpress

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