'No legal protection if Centre acts over non-compliance' : Delhi High Court warns Twitter
New Delhi/IBNS: The Delhi High Court Thursday told Twitter that it would not enjoy legal protection if it failed to comply with India's new information technology rules, adding that it cannot take as long as it wants to ensure compliance.
The court also asked all interim officers appointed by Twitter to file affidavits mentioning they would take responsibility for the duties assigned to them, reported NDTV.
Earlier today, Twitter told Delhi High Court that it would take eight more weeks for it to appoint a grievance officer who is an Indian resident as required by the new legislation.
For the time being, it has appointed an interim chief compliance officer, who is an Indian citizen and resident of the country, two days ago, Twitter informed the court.
An interim grievance officer and a nodal contact person will be appointed by July 11 and in two weeks time, respectively, it further said.
Twitter gave a time frame of implementing the compliance measures two days after Delhi High Court warned that the US-based social media giant cannot take "as long as it wants" in this country to do what the Indian laws require of it .
Appointments for three full-time positions - a chief compliance officer, a resident grievance officer and a nodal contact person - will be made in eight weeks, it informed the court, stated the NDTV report.
"How long does your process take? If Twitter thinks it can take as long it wants in our country, I will not allow that," Justice Rekha Palli had said on Tuesday in a stern warning to Twitter, the report quoted.
Last month, Twitter India's interim grievance redressal officer Dharmendra Chatur resigned as the social media giant's feud with the government flared.
After Chatur's resignation, Twitter appointed its US-based Global Legal Policy Director Jeremy Kessel as grievance officer for India instead of an Indian resident as required by the rules.
The Centre has highlighted that Twitter is clearly not complying with the new IT rules according to details on the company's website which mentioned that the grievances from India were being handled by an official in the US.