'Rule of land supreme, not your policies': Parliament panel on IT raps Twitter at meet
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid a tussle between the Union government and Twitter over the new IT rules, members of a parliamentary panel on Friday strongly objected to Twitter India officials' observations that they abide by their policy and categorically told them that the rule of the land is supreme.
According to sources, as quoted by news agency PTI, members of the Parliamentary Panel on Information Technology also asked Twitter why it should not be fined as it has been found "violating" the rules of the country.
Earlier this month, the Centre issued a notice to Twitter giving it one last chance to "immediately" comply with the new IT rules and warned that failure to adhere to the norms will lead to the platform losing exemption from liability under the IT Act.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology, chaired by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, had last week summoned Twitter over issues related to misuse of the platform and protection of citizens' rights. Twitter India's public policy manager Shagufta Kamran and legal counsel Ayushi Kapoor deposed before the panel on Friday.
Members of the panel asked some tough and searching questions to Twitter India officials but there answers lacked clarity and were ambiguous, sources said. They strongly objected to the observation of Twitter India officials that its policy is on par with the rule of land and categorically told them "rule of land is supreme, not your policy", sources said.
After the meet, Twitter spokesperson said that the social media giant is working alongside Indian government and stands prepared to work with the standing committee to safeguard the rights of the citizens.
“We appreciate opportunity to share our views before Standing Committee on IT. Twitter stands prepared to work with the Committee on important work of safeguarding citizens' rights online in line with our principles of transparency, freedom of expression and privacy", Twitter spokesperson said, adding "We will also continue working alongside the Indian Government as part of our shared commitment to serve and protect the public conversation".
The meeting between the panel and Twitter came amid the tensions between the social media giant and the Indian government over Twitter's non-compliance to the new IT rules. The new law makes it mandatory for tech companies in India to appoint a chief compliance officer, nodal officer and grievance officer in the country. All of these officials should be Indian.
Twitter on Wednesday also lost its status as an intermediary in India over its failure to comply with the new IT Rules in the given period of time. The revised Information Technology regulations came into effect on May 26. The government sources also said that Twitter is the only one out of the six major social media platforms that has failed to comply with the new regulations.
(With PTI Inputs)
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