File photo of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Image: PTI)


New IT and communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday obtained a thumbs-up from his predecessor Ravi Shankar Prasad, who congratulated the minister for “for firmly reiterating that the new IT Rules are designed to empower the safety & security of users against misuse and redress their grievances”.

Taking to Twitter, which has been within the throes of a bitter standoff with the federal government over the brand new guidelines, Prasad mentioned it was “assuring” to notice that the micro-blogging website too has taken some steps to adjust to the brand new guidelines.

During his tenure, Prasad was engaged in a heated confrontation with the social media large which misplaced authorized safety in India for failure to adjust to the brand new guidelines.

Vaishnaw, who boasts of an impressive CV and was just lately inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reshuffled cupboard, on Sunday joined Twitter’s made-in-India model Koo and mentioned the brand new IT Rules “are empowering and protecting users and will ensure a safer and responsible social media ecosystem in India”.

The new guidelines which got here into impact from May 25 mandate social media firms to determine a grievance redressal mechanism for resolving complaints from the customers or victims.

All vital social media firms, with over 50 lakh person base shall appoint a grievance officer to cope with such complaints and share the identify and make contact with particulars of such officers. The massive social media firms are mandated to nominate a chief compliance officer, a Nodal Contact Person and a resident grievance officer. All of them must be a resident in India.

Twitter, which had been within the eye of the storm over its alleged failure to adjust to the brand new IT guidelines in India, has named Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance Officer for India, in response to the corporate’s web site. However, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has challenged the brand new IT guidelines for social media intermediaries requiring the messaging app to hint chats and make provisions to determine the primary originator of data, saying they violate the correct to privateness and are unconstitutional.

WhatsApp additional alleged the requirement of intermediaries enabling the identification of the primary originator of data in India upon authorities or court docket order places end-to-end encryption and its advantages in danger. Some of the media homes have additionally challenged the brand new IT guidelines and the matter is sub-judice.

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