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Twitter Given One Last Notice In Government’s Warning On Digital Rules

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Twitter Given 'One Last Notice' In Government's Warning On Digital Rules

New Delhi:

Twitter has been given a final chance to appoint India-based officers following the country’s new rules for social media companies failing which it will face “consequences”, the government said on Sunday amid an escalating standoff with the platform.

“Twitter Inc. is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the Rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India,” the government said.

The move came on a day when a new flashpoint emerged in the face-off between Twitter and the government following the brief removal of the “blue tick” verification badge from the personal account of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu since it had not been logged into for six months.

Described as “outrageous” by government sources, it signalled a further deterioration of ties between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration and Twitter who have clashed over a range of issues including its stand on the new rules for social platforms and the discrediting of certain BJP leaders’ tweets.

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