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Twitter to High Court: Will file compliance report by July 11, appoint key India staff in 8 weeks

Twitter has informed Delhi High Court that it will fully comply with the country's new Information Technology laws within eight weeks.

Twitter to High Court Will file compliance report by July 11, appoint India officers in 8 weeks-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jul 8, 2021, 12:54 PM IST
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Twitter has informed Delhi High Court that it will fully comply with the country's new Information Technology laws within eight weeks.

In a submission before the court, Twitter said it would appoint a Chief Compliance Officer, Resident Grievance Officer and a Nodal Contact Person, all of whom will be residents of India, within eight weeks.

Twitter said it has posted a job announcement publicly for the three posts and is accepting applications at this time. 

"Twitter will endeavour in good faith to make an offer of employment to a qualified individual to fill this position within eight weeks," the platform submitted.

Twitter further said that it is in the process of setting up a liaison office in India which will be its permanent physical contact address. For now, it is operating from a Bengaluru-based location.

The platform told the high court that it would file its first Compliance Report covering the period May 26-June 25 by July 11 as required by the new IT Rules 2021.

"Twitter has engaged frequently with MeitY in respect of the requirements under the Rules, including on the issue of MeitY developing standard operating procedures as regards, in part, the liability of various officers appointed under Rule 4," the micro-blogging site said.

Twitter had been pulled up by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday over its delay in complying with provisions of IT Rules 2021.

Pulling up the micro-blogging site, Justice Rekha Palli said that the platform should have made the appointment by now. 

It also rapped the US-based firm for its misleading statement before the court on May 31. Twitter had then informed the court that it had appointed a Resident Grievance Officer on May 28 when in reality, the appointment was purely on an interim basis.

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