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Twitter Had 3 Months to Comply With Rules, Govt Won't Compromise With Digital Sovereignty: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (PTI/File)

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (PTI/File)

Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the Union IT and Law Minister, said, "Some people are doing politics on Twitter and there are some people who are doing politics for Twitter."

Minister for Electronics and Information Technology (IT) Ravi Shankar Prasad said Twitter was given three months to comply with the new IT Rules, 2021, and yet the social media platform failed to do the same. “Twitter had three months time, yet there is no compliance after giving many chances. His statements came amid reports that Twitter has lost the coveted “safe harbour" immunity in India after failing to appoint statutory officers on time.

“Social media sites are welcome to do business (in India), but they have to follow the Constitution of India. We won’t compromise with digital sovereignty," Prasad, who is also the Union Law Minister said. “Some people are doing politics on Twitter and there are some people who are doing politics for Twitter… Twitter users have nothing to pay, they just have to follow the norms," he added.

Earlier in the day, Prasad had taken to the same microblogging site to state that it is “astounding that Twitter which portrays itself as the flag bearer of free speech, chooses the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the Intermediary Guidelines".

“Further, what is perplexing is that Twitter fails to address the grievances of users by refusing to set up process as mandated by the law of the land. Additionally, it chooses a policy of flagging manipulates media, only when it suits, its likes and dislikes," he said.

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first published:June 16, 2021, 22:57 IST