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Delhi High Court Says Twitter Violates India's IT Rules
The Youngest Judge In Delhi High Court Says Twitter Violates India's IT Rules

Twitter is blocked in India with a few exceptions, such as the government. Now, a Delhi High Court judge is in the news after announcing that the micro-blogging site violates India’s IT rules. The youngest judge in Delhi High Court, Shikha Tiwari, has called Twitter a “menace to society” and believes that it violates the Indian IT Act.

"And the law is not for a partial group of people, but for the whole of society." Dipak Misra is the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. However, he's not your average judge. For starters, he's the youngest person to ever hold the position, with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Law. 

He's also the first Chief Justice from the Indian state of Odisha. But what's really making him stand out in the world of Indian law is his stance on Twitter. "I think the law needs to be enforced," says Chief Justice Dipak Misra. "And the law is not for a partial group of people, but for the whole of society."

The IT Rules

According to a report by Zee News, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva of Delhi High Court said that Twitter is violating Indian law by banning the age of over 13 years and thereby, making the kids vulnerable to sexual predators. 

No porn As per a report by the Economic Times, he has demanded a rule which says that Twitter cannot show pornography. The judge said that he was surprised to know that Twitter has done the same with the 12 and 13-year-old users. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said, "I am not against prohibition, but we have never questioned the efficacy of any anti-drug law in any other part of the world.

How are these rules being implemented?

Twitter A Hyderabad court's order of sending someone a legal notice is getting verified from the Twitter handles of the officials. The media reports this case as an example of a lawyer's personal quarrels being brought on social media, however, the judge who had ordered the notice was not the one who had lodged the complaint in court. 

Just days after the Supreme Court dismissed pleas of people who challenged the introduction of the IT rules for social media platforms, the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh High Court banned and rejected bail for the accused, Shibu George, under the IT Act. 

The complaint was filed by one Vangani Venkateshwarlu, who accused George of assaulting him. In his order, Justice Ramesh Ranganathan also took note of Venkateshwarlu's presence at a wedding in 2014.

What Did Twitter Do?

What made Twitter fall in the trap of the Indian IT authorities and what was their condition? The IT rules clearly mentioned the stipulation of just 10 hours of access. It was alleged that Twitter had extended the time limit till the wee hours of the night as it could not comply with the directive. 

However, the then acting chief justice of Delhi High Court, Indira Banerjee, termed this act by the government as "arbitrary" and "illegal." She also said that Twitter was not able to keep an eye on the obscene content. 

It must install a block on the entry of any person and take the responsibility of deleting these posts. Interestingly, Ms. Banerjee said that the mobile phones of the service providers and the officials of their company should be on lockdown.

Why Didn't Twitter Comply?

The concerned authorities and Twitter have been waiting for approval to proceed further with the case after the deadline on implementing these rules. But Twitter has asked for more time citing lack of server capacity for supporting new features. 

The Indian government later declined the request for more time, stating that it would be difficult for them to run the plan without Twitter's compliance. Why Has This Caused An uproar? Twitter doesn't want to change the rules of the micro-blogging site until it has a solution that will allow them to complete the verification process without violating the Indian rules.

What Does The Future Hold?

The IT rules are supposed to be enforced to stop people from posting or sharing offensive content and allow people to access blocking tools to prevent the dissemination of "hateful and provocative" posts. 

It also states that platforms need to develop an effective response system to remove offensive content from their websites and blogs and "take all reasonable measures" to prevent the spread of fake news. 

India has said that "hateful content or offensive advertisements" like fake news on social media will be punishable under the Information Technology Act, 2000, which stipulates that the internet service providers and social media platforms like Facebook, Google, Youtube and Twitter will be responsible for removing such content.

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