In a clear sign of falling in line with the new Indian IT norms, social media platform Twitter has announced to appoint an interim chief compliance officer and the details of the office will be shared with the IT Ministry directly soon.
Earlier the Union government issued a notice to Twitter giving it one last chance to ‘immediately’ comply with the new IT rules and warned that failure to adhere to the norms will lead to the platform losing exemption from liability under the IT Act.
Following this, Twitter had assured the Union government last week that it is in the advanced stages of finalizing the appointment of the chief compliance officer as required under the new IT rules, and that it will submit additional details within a week.
A Twitter spokesperson meanwhile, said that the company continues to make every effort to comply with the new guidelines, and is keeping the IT Ministry apprised of progress at every step of the process.
An interim chief compliance officer has been retained and details will be shared with the Ministry directly soon, the spokesperson added. The move by Twitter assumes significance as the microblogging platform has been facing heat over delay in complying with the IT rules that mandate large digital platforms to undertake greater due diligence, and make them more accountable and responsible for the content that is hosted.
As per the rules, significant social media intermediaries — those with over 50 lakh users — are required to appoint a grievance officer, a nodal officer, and a chief compliance officer. This personnel has to be residents in India.