Ravi Shankar Prasad slams Twitter for not complying with new guidelines

Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Twitter has failed to comply with the new guidelines for social media firms, though the microblogging platform has claimed it had appointed a chief compliance officer as mandated by the new regulations.

Using the platform to trash its claims, the minister said, “There are numerous queries arising as to whether Twitter is entitled to safe harbour provision. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines that came into effect from the 26th of May.” The government had given a long rope to the US Big Tech firm, still it has “deliberately chosen” the path of non-compliance.

Continuing his tirade, the minister said: “In certain scenarios, with the amplification of social media, even a small spark can cause a fire, especially with the menace of fake news. This was one of the objectives of bringing the Intermediary Guidelines.”

“What happened in UP was illustrative of Twitter’s arbitrariness in fighting fake news. While Twitter has been over enthusiastic about its fact checking mechanism, it’s failure to act in multiple cases like UP is perplexing & indicates its inconsistency in fighting misinformation,” he added.Prasad said that it is astounding that Twitter which portrays itself as the flag bearer of free speech, chooses the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the intermediary guidelines. “Further, what is perplexing is that  Twitter fails to address the grievances of users by refusing to set up process as mandated by the law of the land. Additionally, it chooses a policy of flagging manipulates media, only when it suits, its likes and dislikes,” he said.