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Hitesh Arora
Hitesh Arora | Special Correspondent
Updated May 29, 2021 | 10:54 IST
Facebook, Google and WhatsApp agree to comply with new IT rules, appoint officers
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  • Facebook, Google, WhatsApp along with Koo, Sharchat, Telegram and LinkedIn have submitted names
  • Twitter hasn't yet sent details

Social media giants Facebook, Google and WhatsApp have finally agreed to comply with the Indian government's new IT rules. As per the guidelines, these companies have announced to appoint statutory officers which was a mandate under the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. According to a report, all three along with Koo, Sharchat, Telegram and LinkedIn have submitted names of these nodal officers to the concerned authority, but Twitter hasn't yet sent details.

"Most of the major social media intermediaries, including Koo, Sharechat, Telegram, LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc., on Friday shared details of their Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Nodal Contact Person (NCP), and Grievance Officer (GO) with the Union Electronics and IT Ministry as required by the new I-T (Intermediary Guidelines & Digital Media Ethics Code) rules, sources informed. However, the sources added that micro-blogging site Twitter is still not following the rules," reported ANI on Friday.

To recall, the government on February 25 had asked all major social media platforms to comply with the new social rules until May 26. In the last couple of days, there was a bit of tussle between these social media companies and the authorities. WhatsApp initially moved to the court stating that its current method of functioning is in line with Indian law as it allows "government officials, law enforcement, journalists, members of ethnic or religious groups, scholars, teachers, students" to exercise their "right to freedom of speech and expression without fear of retaliation."

Facebook-owned WhatsApp also claimed that the Centre's rules for intermediaries put end-to-end encryption and its benefits at risk.

Previous reports stated that some social media platforms agreed to comply with new rules but asked for a six-month deadline. Twitter, however, didn't say anything and failed to comply with the rules.

The government on Thursday sent a response asking social media giant to "stop beating around the bush and comply with laws of the land." It has now been reported that Twitter also sent a communication late Friday sharing details of a lawyer working in a law firm in India as their Nodal Contact Person and Grievance Officer.

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