- Vaishnav, MP from Odisha, took oath as a cabinet minister on Wednesday
- Vaishnav holds the charge of the Ministry of Information and Technology as well as Railways.
- The standoff continues between the Center and Twitter over compliance with the new IT rules
Newly-appointed Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Thursday said Twitter’s standoff with the central government over new information technology (IT) rules has to be followed by those living and working in India. Vaishnav said this while interacting with reporters after meeting Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary (Organisation) BL Santhosh at the party office here.
Along with the IT Ministry, the charge of Railways is also
Responding to a question about microblogging platform Twitter not complying with IT regulations, he said anyone who lives and works in India will have to comply with the country’s rules. Vaishnav, an MP from Odisha, took oath as a cabinet minister on Wednesday. He has been given the charge of the Ministry of Information and Technology as well as the Railways.
Three officers have to be appointed
US company Twitter has been in trouble for allegedly failing to comply with new IT regulations in India. The new IT rules provide for appointment of three key officers — Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Officer and Grievance Redressal Officer, among other requirements, by social media platforms with more than 50 lakh users. These three officers should be living in India.
New IT rules are yet to be followed by Twitter
The new IT rules came into effect on May 26, but Twitter is yet to comply with the social media guidelines, despite the government’s repeated reminders. He has replaced senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Ministry of Information and Technology. Vaishnav said that he is grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving him this responsibility. He said that his main emphasis would be on improving the life of the last person standing in the queue.
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Rashmi Samant of Oxford Student Union raised the issue
Vaishnav had raised the issue of cyberbullying a few months ago in the Rajya Sabha, terming the resignation of Rashmi Samant (Student Union President) from the post of President of Oxford Students Union in UK and from Karnataka as a serious matter of racism. Samant was the first Indian woman to be elected president of the Oxford Students’ Union. He was forced to resign earlier this year amid controversy over some of his social media posts.