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Will Twitter Be Banned In India? Has It Lost Legal Protection? What Non-Compliance of IT Rules Mean?

For the past few months, the Twitter vs Indian Govt face-off over new IT Rules is turning intense. The Centre issued new rules for social and digital media and OTT platforms in February. The changes were announced by Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar in a press conference. These include age-wise classification of content, self-regulation, a Code of Ethics and a three-level grievance redressal mechanism for social media companies. IT minister Ravi shankar Prasad had said that these rules have been framed under the existing IT Act. Now, the govt then said that the focus of these rules is self-regulation but critics view it as Govt’s attempt to have larger control over these digital platforms.
The Govt had given the social media platforms deadline till May 25th to comply with the rules. While Most other companies, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Google have complied with the order, it was Twitter who faced Centre’s wrath over not complying with the order in time.
Now according to the Times of India report, since Twitter did not comply with the order on time, it may have to face the consequences. Sources, quotes in the report said that Twitter has lost its Legal indemnity that separates the platform from the users and doesn’t hold them liable for the content posted by their users. According to the report Twitter has becomes the only American platform to have lost the protective shield – granted under Section 79 of the IT Act.
Now the question is will action be initiated against Twitter? Will Twitter lose the legal shield? There are many questions, which we will try to answer. in this video.

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