Twitter appears compliant with appointments viz. Nodal Contact, COC & Resident Grievance Officer: Centre tells Delhi High Court

  • Shaheen Parween
  • 01:15 PM, 10 Aug 2021

Twitter Inc today placed before the Delhi High Court, an affidavit citing on record, the appointment of permanent Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Contact Person and Resident Grievance Officer in accordance with the new  Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

ASG Chetan Sharma appearing for the Union Government made ordal submissions on instructions that the appointment of the three officers was in compliance with the new IT Rules.

ASG Sharma however sought time to file a short affidavit in response to Twitter Inc's affidavit.

The single Judge bench of Justice Rekha Palli accordingly recorded the statement of ASG Sharma and directed the Union Government and the petitioner to file an affidavit within a period of two weeks.

The matter has been listed for next hearing on October 5.

In the previous hearing Senior Adv Sajan Poovayya appearing for Twitter Inc had made oral submissions informing the Court that a permanent Chief Compliance Officer Cum Nodal Contact Officer and a Resident Grievance Officer has been appointed in compliance of the new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

The Case pertains to a plea filed by Advocate Amit Acharya  alleging that Twitter has not complied with the Centre’s IT Rules to appoint a resident grievance officer, seeking directions to the social media platform to comply with the rules

The petitioner has stated that the Information Technology Rules came into effect from February 25 and the Centre had given three months to every social media intermediary, including Twitter, to comply with them.

The petitioner stated that he came to know about the alleged non-compliance when he tried to lodge a complaint against a couple of tweets.

 

Case Title: Amit Acharya vs Union of India and Ors