February 7, 2023

Twitter shouldn’t “lecture us on democracy”, Ravi Shankar Prasad mentioned.

New Delhi:

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday mentioned that the India was happy with being the world’s largest democracy and the federal government welcomes criticism, however non-compliance of legislation beneath the garb of freedom of speech and democracy shouldn’t be acceptable.

The minister additionally mentioned that the social media platform shouldn’t “lecture us on democracy.”

He mentioned that India has the excellence of being the world’s largest and probably the most vibrant democracy, and gave the instance that the BJP gained the Assam meeting polls however misplaced in West Bengal elections.

He mentioned that in India the judiciary questions the federal government, the media questions senior ministers. “Today there are 100 crores users of Twitter in India. I am happy. Let them earn money. Allow users to criticise us. Most welcome. But when these profit-making companies start lecturing us on democracy….”

“I would like to ask a question- India is a democracy because it’s elections are fair. We won Assam and lost Bengal recently. We have I dependent judiciary that keeps us asking questions like in the case of Covid. Media asks tough questions from a senior minister. That”s what freedom of speech and democracy is about. These issues are important. But under the garb of these, you think you won’t comply, then it’s a misplaced argument,” mentioned the Union Minister.

This comes within the backdrop of the middleman standing of Twitter being eliminated and making the microblogging web site liable beneath provisions, together with the Indian Penal Code.

“I am not the one who declared it (removal of Twitter’s intermediary status), the law has. If others followed, why couldn’t they? We asked for three officers to be appointed in three months and the period had exhausted on May 26. We gave them the last opportunity as goodwill gesture,” the minister mentioned

The microblogging web site, the minister mentioned, had didn’t appoint executives within the roles of resident grievance officer, nodal officer and chief compliance officer as per norms of the federal government to take care of abuse and use of social media.

“We gave them (Twitter) three months’ time. Others have followed, they haven’t. Rule 7 of (IT) guidelines says if you don’t comply then under Sec 79 you may lose intermediary status and may become liable to other laws including penal laws of the country,” Mr Prasad mentioned.

The Minister mentioned that tips had been “a work in progress for the last three to four years.”

The minister mentioned that Twitter’s non-compliance with the brand new IT Rules implies that it has misplaced its standing as an middleman, and now it may be held chargeable for user-generated content material.

Earlier, Twitter was accorded safety as a 3rd celebration middleman beneath Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act, which states that any middleman shall not be held legally or in any other case accountable for any third celebration data, knowledge, or communication hyperlink made accessible or hosted on its platform. Other social media platforms resembling, YouTube, Facebook, WhatsApp proceed to stay protected.

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