Twitter Becomes First U.S Platform to Lose ‘Legal Shield’ in India
Platform ignored the 'one last notice'
Social media giant Twitter has become the first American platform to lose its coveted "legal shield" in India for third-party content.
The tech giant failed to appoint statutory officers under the new IT rules by 25 May and ignored the “one last notice” issued earlier this month.
According to The Times of India:
"Twitter has lost the coveted 'safe harbor' immunity in India over its failure to appoint statutory officers on the company’s role in line with the new IT rules, and its top executives, including the country managing director, could now face police questioning and criminal liability under IPC over ‘unlawful’ and ‘inflammatory’ content posted on the platform by any user.
"Official sources said Twitter had become the only American platform to have the protective shield – granted under Section 79 of the IT Act, even though others such as Google, YouTube, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram remain protected."
Delhi Police Special Cell raided Twitter offices in connection with their “Toolkit” probe last month.
After Twitter labeled BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra’s tweet as “manipulated media," police sent a letter to the platform.
The BJP party (right-wing) is one of the two major political parties in India.
“We want to know what information Twitter has about the toolkit and why they chose to give the ‘manipulated media’ label," said the officer.
"Our team is conducting raids at their Delhi office in Mehrauli and their Gurgaon office on Golf Course Road."
Earlier this month, Twitter has declared access to its platform was a "human right," despite the company's ongoing censorship practices.
Jack Dorsey's social media giant hit back on Saturday over the statement, prompting conservatives to accuse the firm of hypocrisy after it banned President Donald Trump and others for failing to fall into line with its own political ideals.
The company's statement came as a response to Nigeria's decision to ban Twitter over the deletion of a tweet from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that condemned attacks on public infrastructure in the country's southeast region, including arson attacks on government offices and police stations, yet Twitter claimed the post was seen as threatening to separatist movements.
Dorsey was also heckled over his company's censorship practices as he spoke at the annual Bitcoin conference in Miami.
Censorship is a human rights violation,” the heckler, believed to be activist Laura Loomer, yelled at Dorsey.
“You are censoring people, you are interfering in elections.”