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Twitter has lost immunity under IT Act 2000 due to non-compliance with IT Rules 2021: Union government

In another affidavit filed in the Delhi HC, Twitter said that it was in the final stages of appointing people to the key positions mandated by the new IT Rules. Due to non-compliance with the Information Technology Rules 2021, Twitter has lost the immunity conferred on intermediaries under section 79(1) of the IT Act (2000) the Union government informed the Delhi High Court in an affidavit. Ever since May 25 which was the last date to comply with the IT Rules, Twitter has been embroiled in a series of controversies, from its tussle with Delhi Police regarding the 'manipulated media' tag to various cases filed against Twitter India employee Manish Maheshwari. The affidavit (a copy of which MediaNama has seen) which was filed by Scientist E in the Cyber Law Group of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) N Samaya Balan, said that Twitter has failed to comply with the IT Rules on multiple fronts — Chief Compliance Officer has not been appointed The position of the Resident Grievance Officer is vacant The position of Nodal Contact Person (even on an interim basis) is vacant The physical contact address, which was shown to be there on May 29, is once again not available on Twitter's website Thus, the Union government said that it amounts to a breach of the provisions of the IT Rules 2021 "thereby leading to Respondent No 2 losing its immunity conferred under section 79(1) of the IT Act, 2000". Balan said, "I state the…

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