Twitter loses intermediary status in India; open to legal proceedings for content on platform

Twitter will now be directly editorially responsible for posts published on its platform as it lost the status of an intermediary platform

Microblogging platform Twitter lost its status as an intermediary platform in India as it is yet to comply with revised Information Technology regulations which came into effect on May 26. It is the only social media platform among the mainstream that has not adhered to new laws.

This means instead of being considered just a platform hosting content from various users, Twitter will be directly editorially responsible for posts published on its platform.

The makes Twitter open to lawsuits and legal proceedings in case of any alleged lawful content as the social media site will now be treated as a publisher – not an intermediary. It will be liable for punishment under any law, including IT Act, as also the penal laws of the country.

A company spokesperson said it appointed an Interim Chief Compliance Officer and keeping the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology appraised at every step of the process.

“We’re keeping Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) apprised of progress at every step of the process. The interim Chief Compliance Officer has been retained and details will be shared with Ministry directly soon. Twitter continues to make every effort to comply with new guidelines” said the Twitter spokesperson.


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