Global social media companies such as Google, Facebook, and WhatsApp have agreed to appoint come in terms statutory officers in line with the new IT rules. Twitter, which so far steadfastly refused to comply with the rules, proposed the name of an outside consultant, though this was summarily rejected by the government as they were not in consonance with the guidelines. The fresh move comes amidst raging debate over the new IT rules that have also seen WhatsApp move the Delhi high court over its denial to track the origins of “unlawful” messages, and Twitter accuses the government of “dangerous overreach that is inconsistent with open, democratic principles”. Friday saw a change as the majority of companies came forward and expressed willingness to start complying with a section of the provisions. LinkedIn (owned by Microsoft), Telegram, Google, Facebook and WhatsApp shared details of their chief compliance officer, nodal contact person and grievance officer with the IT ministry. Having these officers is a mandate under the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 which were announced on February 25 this year.
May 29, 2021, 09:16AM ISTSource: TOI.in