Guidelines for social media platforms will not change whilst Elon Musk takes over Twitter in a $44 billion deal after months of uncertainty, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of state for electronics and knowledge expertise, has instructed. “Our guidelines and legal guidelines for intermediaries stay the identical no matter who owns the platforms. So, the expectation of compliance with Indian legal guidelines and guidelines stays,” he was quoted as saying by information company Reuters.
As Elon Musk – the world’s richest particular person – completes the acquisition in one of many largest offers that the tech business has seen in current instances, he is expected to do away with permanent bans on customers amongst different key selections, stories mentioned.
When requested what the federal government thought in regards to the ban on Twitter for people akin to Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, the minister simply mentioned the nation’s new amended IT guidelines can be launched quickly.
Ranaut, who was banned from Twitter final 12 months for violating the platform’s guidelines, has applauded the Twitter takeover and urged Musk to revive her account.
Twitter had earlier this 12 months moved the Karnataka High Court against the government’s orders on the takedown of posts and accounts following an escalation of a battle between the federal government and the social media agency. In 2021, the Centre had sought plenty of posts in reference to the then-ongoing farmers’ agitation to be pulled down. Whereas Twitter largely complied, it didn’t act on a number of accounts and posts, particularly these of politicians and mediapersons.
The federal government in June this 12 months additionally “served a letter setting out severe penalties of non-compliance, together with, however not restricted to, legal proceedings towards Twitter’s chief compliance officer, and granted final alternative to conform…” an individual accustomed to the matter had advised Hindustan Instances on the time.
The corporate was additionally warned that it might lose its so-called protected harbour standing, which provides it immunity for the content material posted by customers on its platform, if the compliance orders weren’t met.
(With Reuters inputs)