Indian Law(Search results - 13)
TechnologyJul 11, 2021, 10:43 AM IST
Twitter releases first transparency report, appoints Resident Grievance Officer
The micro-blogging site has published its transparency report in compliance with the new Information Technology Rules, 2021.
Top StoriesJun 13, 2021, 10:20 AM IST
Twitter alerts users about requests from law enforcement agencies
The notice sent by Twitter to some users states that they have received a request from Indian law enforcement regarding content on their account that claims to be a violation of Indian laws.
Top StoriesMay 27, 2021, 6:54 PM IST
Govt: Twitter cannot dictate terms, cannot undermine India's legal system
The Information Technology ministry on Thursday lashed out at Twitter Inc after the micro-blogging site concerned by recent events regarding its employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people they catered to.
In a statement earlier on Thursday, a Twitter Inc spokesperson had said that the company and many civil society members had concerns over the use of intimidation tactics by the police in response to enforcement of core elements of the new IT Rules.
In its response, the IT ministry said in a statement, "India has a glorious tradition of free speech and democratic practices that can be traced back centuries. Protecting free speech in India is not the prerogative of only a private, for-profit, foreign entity like Twitter. But it is the commitment of the world's largest democracy and its robust institutions."
"Twitter's statement is an attempt to dictate its terms to the world's largest democracy. Through its actions and deliberate defiance, Twitter seeks to undermine India's legal system. Furthermore, Twitter refuses to comply with those very regulations in the Intermediary Guidelines on the basis of which it is claiming safe harbour protection from any criminal liability in India," the ministry said.
Questioning Twitter's claims of being transparent, the IT ministry wondered that if Twitter is so committed, then why did it not set up such a mechanism in India on its own.
"Twitter representatives in India routinely claim that they have no authority and that they and the people of India need to escalate everything to the Twitter Headquarter in the US. The purported commitment of Twitter to its Indian user base thus not only sounds hollow but completely self-serving. Twitter has a large user base in India. It earns significant revenue from its Indian operations but is also the most reluctant to appoint an India based grievance redressal officer and mechanism, chief compliance officer and nodal officer to whom its own users can complain when they are subjected to offensive Tweets. The Rules empower the ordinary users who become victims of defamation, morphed images, sexual abuse and the whole range of other abusive content in blatant violation of law, to seek redress," the statement said.
Stating that Twitter needs to "stop beating around the bush and comply with the laws of the land", the government has made it clear that it is just a social media platform and that it has no locus in dictating what India's legal policy framework should be.
The government also took on Twitter over its claim that it is committed to the people of India by listing instances when the platform did not stand with the country's best interests.
The ministry cited instances like Twitter's inaction in blocking accounts of those who incited the Red Fort riots and those who were proliferating discriminatory behaviour against Indians and people of Indian origin because of malicious tagging of Covid-19 B.1.617 mutant as Indian variant.
While condemning the unfortunate statements issued by Twitter as totally baseless, false and an attempt to defame India, the government reiterated that representatives of social media companies, including Twitter, are and will always remain safe in India and that there is no threat to their personal safety and security.
Top StoriesFeb 11, 2021, 6:35 PM IST
Govt assures: Social media platforms will be made accountable to Indian laws
Responding to a question posed by Rajya Sabha MP and BJP national spokesperson Rajeev Chandrasekhar on infringement of Indian laws by social media platforms, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Sanjay Dhotre said that the new rules will also make digital media platforms adhere to Code of Ethics.
Mar 1, 2017, 2:17 PM IST
Why is a woman not allowed to choose what is right when it comes to abortion?
The Supreme Court recently rejected the plea of a Maharashtra woman to abort her 26-week-old foetus which suffers from Down Syndrome and may be born with physical and mental abnormalities. But has the SC taken into account the complications that will arise out of refusing the woman’s plea?
May 11, 2016, 1:56 PM IST
Over 1,000 archaic laws to be taken off the books
Over 1,000 outdated laws will be off the statute as President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to two legislations recently passed by the Parliament in this regard