New Delhi: May 27
Twitter today broke its silence on new digital rules in the middle of its clash with the government over the “Congress toolkit” row and flagged concern over “the potential threat to freedom of expression” and “the use of intimidation tactics by the police”. In a sharply-worded statement, the social media giant said while it will “strive to comply with applicable law”, it planned to ask for changes to elements in the rules “that inhibit free, open conversation”.
This is the first time the micro-blogging site has spoken on the rules that require social media platforms to appoint a compliance officer in India, set up a grievance response mechanism and take down content within 36 hours of a legal order. WhatsApp has sued the government, saying the rules are unconstitutional and violate user privacy.