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Google, Whatsapp & Facebook agreed with IT rules; Twitter is an exception: Govt

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Google, Facebook, WhatsApp alongwith homegrown social media platforms ShareChat and Koo have agreed with new IT Rules that were stated, official sources told Economic Times, they also said that microblogging site Twitter was an exception.

These organisations have provided information about their Chief Compliance Officers, Nodal Contact Persons and Grievance Officers, the external sources said while adding to information above.

The government had said in a letter asking about such information on Wednesday, when the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and the Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, took charge.

Others, such as instant texting platform applications Telegram and professional networking site like LinkedIn – both of them have a massive presence in the country . They also said that they have shared this information with the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY)

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Earlier this week, Facebook owned WhatsApp application filed a petition before the Delhi High Court against the IT rules, which wants the messaging platforms to trace the originator of flagged messages that they think was unfair.

“After a firm response from the government yesterday, Twitter sent a communication late last night, sharing details of a lawyer working in a law firm in India as their Nodal Contact Person and Grievance Officer,” the sources said.

On this Thursday, the Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that the company would comply with the IT rules.

“We are committed to complying (with the laws). And to the extent there are requests (for information on users) we comply with and we will include that in our transparency reports. It is a framework with which we will operate around the world,” Pichai had said.

“With the traceability requirement, the government appears to be compelling popular online platforms to weaken encryption without explicitly telling them to do so,” said Internet Society, a prominent US-based non-profit organisation. “The likely outcome will be for those platforms to stop offering end-to-end encrypted services altogether.”

The Delhi Police had earlier this week gone to the organization’s offices to give a notice regarding the investigation into an alleged Congress ‘toolkit’, which had Twitter tagging several tweets of BJP leaders as ‘Manipulated Media’.