Rajeev Chandrasekhar
Rajeev Chandrasekhar
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Union Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development, Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Monday lost the blue tick verification badge on Twitter, reported news agency ANI. However, the blue tick of the Union Minister was restored later.

Twitter officials told ANI that the name change of Rajeev Chandrasekhar's handle on the micro-blogging site could be the reason.

Last month, the microblogging site had faced backlash when it briefly removed the blue tick verification badge from the personal account of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and of several senior RSS functionaries, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar has taken charge, as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, at a time when the government and the US-headquartered micro-blogging platform Twitter seemed to be at loggerheads over the new IT rules.

Commenting on the Centre's stand-off with Twitter, Rajeev Chandrasekhar had earlier said that the ministry doesn't operate on a unilateral basis, adding that the Ministry shall sit with the new Union Minister and address the issue.

Speaking to ANI, Chandrasekhar said, "I have just taken the charge. The Ministry doesn't operate on a unilateral basis and this has nothing to do with individual views and opinions. The Ministry will sit with the new Union Minister and address all these issues." For the past several months, Twitter has been involved in a stand-off with the Indian government over the new amendments in the country's new Information Technology laws with the micro-blogging platform losing its intermediary status and becoming liable for user-generated content.

Earlier in an affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court, the Central government informed that Twitter Inc has failed to fully comply with the IT Rules 2021 in spite of the three months time granted to all Significant Social Media Intermediaries (SSMIs). The deadline for complying with the new rules was May 26, 2021.

The Government of India has approached the Supreme Court seeking transfer of all petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2021 from various High Courts to the top court.

India's recently enforced law, Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules 2021, came to regulate the functioning of online media portals and publishers, social media companies like Facebook, Twitter - rendering their services as 'intermediaries' - and as well as over-the-top (OTT platforms).

According to amended IT rules, social media and streaming companies will be required to take down contentious content quicker and appoint grievance redressal officers based in the country to deal with online content flagged by authorities and courts and assist in investigations.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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