Twitter Loses Legal Shield In India For 3rd-Party Content

Twitter Loses Legal Shield In India For 3rd-Party Content

Twitter has lost the coveted “safe harbor” immunity in India over its failure to appoint statutory officers on its role in line with the new IT rules.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

The company’s top executives, including its India MD, may now face police questioning and criminal liability under the Indian Penal Code over ‘unlawful’ and ‘inflammatory’ content posted on the platform by any user.

It is the only U.S. platform to have lost the protective shield granted under Section 79 of the IT Act.

Other companies like Google, YouTube, Facebook, etc., that still enjoy the protection had to appoint statutory officers.

The GOI had on June 5 issued “one last notice” to Twitter, asking it to comply with the statutory provisions under the new IT rules.

The company had then assured the government that it would make the appointment in a week. Instead, even the latest deadline has now been missed.

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