New Indian IT Minister Ashwini tough posture towards Twitter

    As the debate between the central government and Twitter is on a high, the newly sworn in Indian IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Thursday maintained the tough posture of India’s policy for law of the country compliance that spares no one. In his message he said that all those who live and work in India will have to abide by the rules of the country.

    “The law of the land should be abided by everyone,” Vaishnaw was quoted as saying by ANI to reporters after meeting BJP general secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh at the party office in New Delhi.

    The remark by the new IT minister comes amid a high-profile tussle between the Centre and Twitter. The social media company has been in the eye of a storm over its alleged failure to comply with the new IT rules in India, which mandates, among other requirements, the appointment of three key personnel — chief compliance officer, nodal officer and grievance officer by social media platforms with over 50 lakh users. All three personnel have to be residents in India.

    New IT Minister says all those who live and work in India will have to abide by the rules of the country

    While the rules came into effect on May 26, Twitter is yet to adhere to the social media guidelines, despite repeated reminders from the government.

    On Wednesday, Vaishnaw thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi “for giving me the opportunity to serve the nation as Union Minister”. He also posted that he “will take charge tomorrow and work relentlessly” to realise the Prime Minister’s vision. “I seek the choicest blessings of Lord Jagannath to serve the people of Odisha,” he wrote.


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