The company has appointed on Sunday the first official foreseen by the new It rules that came into force in May in the country of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Twitter has begun to comply with the demands of the Indian government and has appointed a complaints officer resident in the country. A few days ago the American social platform – used in India for at least 100 million people – he had lost his protection from responsibility for content generated by local users, for not respecting the new local IT rules.
On Sunday, Twitter named Vinay Prakash as its new complaints clerk and shared a way to contact him as required by Indian law presented in February and entered into force at the end of May. Twitter also released a compliance report, another requirement listed in the new rules.
Earlier this week, the Indian government had told a New Delhi court that it tweeted he had lost immunity on user-generated content, as he failed to appoint compliance officers, complaints a so-called key contact with law enforcement. Other big tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Telegram, had already named the officials required by India.
Technology platforms are not usually held accountable for the things their users post or share online. Companies may be asked to remove a post but they will hardly be held legally responsible for the contents.
Without the protection, Twitter in India is now on paper responsible for everything users write about its platform and that the authorities don’t like it. Indian police have already filed at least five cases against the company or its officials in the country over a variety of issues.
However, the new development could relax relationships not excellent between Twitter and the Indian government in recent months. In February, the company clashed with the ministry of technology it had ordered removal of some critical accounts with the authorities during the great mass protests of farmers.
In late May a Delhi police team did a surprise visit to two of Twitter’s offices in what many have perceived to be an attempt at intimidation. Twitter claimed at the time to be “Concerned about recent events affecting our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve” and he had asked the Indian government for another three months to comply with the new rules.