New Delhi. The legal protection given to micro-blogging site Twitter in India (Harbour Provision) is now over. Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad clarified the government’s stand on this matter by tweeting one after the other. Prasad said, ‘Many questions are being raised whether Twitter is entitled to legal protection in India? The simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the new IT laws that came into force from May 26.
Let us tell you that the central government has not issued any order to end the legal protection of Twitter. It is being told that due to non-compliance of the rule made by the government, this legal protection has automatically ended. The legal protection is said to end on May 25.
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Twitter has got this legal protection under Section 79 of the IT Act. This section exempts Twitter from any legal action, defamation or fine. As soon as the legal protection ends, the first case against Twitter has been registered in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government gave many opportunities to Twitter, but Twitter kept ignoring the rules every time.
Many questions are being raised about whether Twitter is entitled to a safe harbor provision. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the intermediate guidelines that came into force from May 26.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 16, 2021
The Union Minister said that the culture of India keeps on changing like its great geographical location. Even a small spark in social media can cause a big fire. Especially the danger of fake news is high. Controlling and preventing this was an important rule in the new IT rules, which Twitter did not follow.
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Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “It is surprising that Twitter, which projects itself as an advocate of freedom of expression and talks about enforcing the law, has ignored the rules of IT.”
Prasad further wrote in the tweet thread, ‘Shockingly, Twitter has also failed to address the complaints of users by refusing to establish the mandatory process of law of the land. Twitter chooses a flagging policy only if it suits it or it likes and dislikes.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad clarified that Twitter has been a bit overzealous about its fact check team, but what happened in UP was an example of Twitter’s arbitrariness in fighting fake news. Twitter has failed to act in several cases like UP, which also points to its failure to fight misinformation.
What is the whole matter?
In fact, the Ghaziabad Police of Uttar Pradesh had registered an FIR after the video of abusing and abusing an elderly man named Abdul Samad in Loni area went viral. In a video going viral on social media, it is seen that an elderly Muslim was beaten up and his beard was cut. According to the police, the victim’s elder had given some amulets to the accused, to no avail, the angry accused beat her up. The police also said that the victim has not registered an FIR for raising slogans of Jai Shri Ram and cutting her beard. However, Twitter did not tag the video as “manipulated media”.
Against whom was the FIR registered?
Among those who have been booked are journalists Ayub and Naqvi. Zubair is the author of fact checking website Alt News. Dr. Shama Mohammed and Nizami are the leaders of the Congress. At the same time, the name of Usmani, former president of Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union, is also included.