Complying with the Indian government’s new IT rules, Twitter has now appointed an interim Chief Compliance Officer in India. Announcing the development, the company promised to share more details about it shortly.
The update comes after a protracted battle with the Indian government over its new IT rules. The new law required technology companies in India, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Google and others, to appoint a compliance officer, a nodal manager and a grievance manager in the country.
“We keep MeitY informed of progress every step of the way. An interim compliance officer has been retained and details will be communicated directly to the ministry shortly. Twitter continues to make every effort to comply with the new guidelines, ”a Twitter spokesperson told India Today Tech.
Twitter India had previously contacted the government to ask for more time to comply with the new IT rules which first came into effect on May 25. The new IT rules were first announced by the government in February.
WhatsApp and Facebook appointed their respective grievance officers for India earlier this month. Twitter, on the other hand, reportedly said it needed more time due to the pandemic situation in the country.
Following this, the company posted job vacancies on LinkedIn for the role of Compliance Officer, Node Manager and Grievance Officer in India. Anyone who met the criteria could apply for the positions, all of which were based in Delhi.
In a statement to India Today Tech last month, ahead of compliance, Twitter expressed concern about the requirement to make an individual (the compliance officer) criminally liable for content on the platform, the requirements proactive oversight and the general authority to seek information about our customers.
He added that this is a dangerous excess which is incompatible with open democratic principles. “To keep our service available, we will endeavor to comply with applicable law in India. But, just as we do around the world, we will continue to be strictly guided by principles of transparency, a commitment to empower every voice on the service, and protect freedom of speech and privacy under the rule of law, ”a Twitter spokesperson said.
In response, the Center called Twitter’s statement “unfortunate”, completely baseless, false and an attempt to defame India to cover up its own follies. The center had said that Twitter refused to comply with “these same regulations in the” Interim Guidelines “on the basis of which it claims safe haven protection from criminal liability in India.”