The Delhi High Court (HC) affirmed on Thursday that Twitter has been totally non-compliant towards the amendments to the Information Technology (IT) Rules and even queried whether the social media giant wants to comply with the new guidelines or not.
Moreover, the HC added that Twitter’s way of putting across its stand was ‘unacceptable’ and that the company was worsening its case in the courtroom.
Actually, Twitter Inc filed an application in the court saying that its new chief compliance officer (CCO) and resident grievance officer (RGO) are ‘contingent workers’.
After examining the same, Justice Rekha Palli mentioned, “I am not happy with this affidavit. You are not using the word ‘interim’ but are now using the word ‘contingent’. In fact, it sounds much worse. Appointment has been done from a third-party contractor.”
The HC asserted that the new rules require a key managerial individual or a senior employee to be appointed as the CCO-cum-RGO. On the other hand, Twitter hired a contingent worker from a third-party contractor.
“He (CCO) is categorical (in his affidavit) that he is not an employee. This itself is in the teeth of the rule,” the judge mentioned, as reported by the Times of India.
The court added that sanctity must be given to the rules and that there should be some seriousness with respect to the same. It straight up asked Twitter whether it is serious regarding complying with the rules.
Twitter asked for two additional weeks to submit a better affidavit. The judge made it clear that the company is being given a long rope and that they shouldn’t expect the court to continue going on the same way.
Thus, they have been given another chance to place a better affidavit that puts more responsibility to the individual who is appointed as the CCO and the RGO.
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