All internet platforms are entitled to judicial review, says Union minister after Twitter moves court

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Hours after Twitter approached the Karnataka High Court, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union State Minister for Entrepreneurship, Skills Development, Electronics and Technology, said all internet platforms have the right to judicial review in India.

File photo of Rajeev Chandrasekhar | PTI

Hours after microblogging platform Twitter petitioned the Karnataka High Court to challenge the Centre’s order to remove content under new information technology (IT) rules, the Minister of State for Union for Entrepreneurship, Skills Development, Electronics and Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, said all internet platforms have the right to judicial review in India.

The Union Minister also said that all platforms operating in the country have an unequivocal obligation to comply with laws and rules.

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He took to Twitter saying, “In India, all foreign internet intermediaries/platforms including foreign internet platforms are entitled to court and judicial review. But also ALL intermediaries/platforms operating here have an unambiguous obligation to comply with our laws and rules.

The Center had recently granted the San Francisco-based American communications company a final opportunity to comply with takedown notices under Section 69A (which allows the central government to block websites) of the Computer Act.

In a notice sent by the Center last week, Twitter was warned that it had failed to comply with two takedown orders issued by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on June 6 and June 9. , respectively. The Center further said that if Twitter continues to be in violation, it could lose its protection as an intermediary under the new IT rules.

Earlier, the Ministry of Electronics and Computers had asked Twitter to comply with the rules and set a July 4 deadline. If Twitter had not complied with the final notice, it could have lost intermediary status, according to a PTI report.

An official source told the PTI news agency that the social media platform Twitter had complied with the final notice issued by the government on June 27.

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