Delhi HC to not give protection to Twitter from the consequences of non-compliance with the new IT rules

Justice Rekha Palli has warned Twitter Inc. to come up with clear response or else there would be “trouble” for the social media site.

On July 6, US-based microblogging site Twitter Inc. said to the Delhi High Court that it had not complied with the new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 yet. Nevertheless, it informed that it was in the process of doing so.

The Delhi High Court had heard a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Amit Acharya on Tuesday demanding action against the social media giant for its non-complaince.

The HC asked Twitter if it was in “defiance” of the new rules to which the Centre responded in the affirmative, “The intermediaries were given three months to comply with the rules from February 26 onwards. It has been 41 days of non-compliance by Twitter.”

Moreover, the HC has blamed Twitter for misleading the court by not clarifying that the appointment of grievance officer was “merely interim” in nature. The social media service accepted of not complying with the new IT rules by failing to designate a grievance officer, compliance officer and nodal officer.

According to LiveLaw.in, a single judge bench led by Justice Rekha Palli of the Delhi High Court stated it was not going to provide any protection to Twitter Inc. from the consequences of non-compliance with the new rules while granting it the time as sought for, to get back on the issue.

The bench has listed the matter for 8th July. It added that as per Centre, the social networking service is in “clear violation” of IT Rules, 2021. “It is expected that counsel for Twitter will be ready with information on compliance with the next date”, the bench continued.

Justice Palli alerted Twitter by saying that no permission would be granted to the company if it thinks it can take “as much time as it wants in our country.”

Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya appeared for Twitter and informed that it might need two weeks time for the appointment for a grievance officer.

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