Twitter – Abide by India’s rules: New IT minister Vaishnaw to Twitter
Vaishnaw, who replaced Ravi Shankar Prasad in communications and IT, and Piyush Goyal in railways, said anyone who lives and works in India will have to abide by the country’s rules.
The new minister’s statements come in the backdrop of the tussle between the Centre and social media companies, especially Twitter, over the new IT rules, which had prompted Prasad to take a tough stance.
The micro-blogging platform has failed to comply with requirements to designate compliance, grievance and nodal officers, something its rivals have managed to do. While the government was already upset with the non-compliance, which resulted in the loss of the company’s immunity against third-party content/posts, the court, too, has taken a grim view of the repeated failure by Twitter.
The comments, which came after the bureaucrat-turned-businessman’s meeting with BJP general secretary (Organisation) BL Santhosh, signal the government’s intent stick to its stand.
Separately, after taking charge as the railway minister, Vaishnaw said, “Railway is a major part of PM Modi’s vision. His vision for railways is to transform the lives of the people, and ensuring that everyone — from the common man to the farmers and the poor — gets the benefit of railways. I will work for that and will try to implement his vision.”
Vaishnaw also thanked the PM for entrusting him with this responsibility.