On Twitter vs Govt, FICCI chief cites “ease of doing business”

Uday Shankar was speaking on the social media platform-centre controversy over IT rules. (file)

New Delhi:

Industry body FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) President Uday Shankar today said that “Guard Rails” are necessary for all, be it “tech companies or social companies”, one should be careful that ” Don’t throw out “baby with bath water”. Asked about the ongoing dispute between some social media platforms and the government, Mr. Shankar told NDTV, “Not everything is a criminal activity. Personal criminal liabilities put pressure on officials who turn a blind eye to the PM’s desire to make doing business easier.” New IT rules.

Twitter initially clashed with the government over the new IT rules, which the US-based social media giant called against the Constitution. The matter escalated after BJP leaders’ tweets on the alleged “Congress toolkit” were tagged as “manipulated media”.

Earlier this month, two cases were filed against Twitter after users’ posts lost legal protection from prosecution for its failure to comply with new digital rules, including the appointment of Indian officials for a grievance and redressal system.

Last week, a parliamentary committee also told Twitter that “Indian laws are supreme and the company must comply with the laws of India in India,” sources said.

“We need to be very careful about making sure we don’t throw the baby in with the bath water. These are businesses and they create value and that’s why they are so successful,” Mr. Shankar said.

In such cases, the legal framework “should be very clearly laid out, also transparent,” he said.

Furthermore, noting that a transition is both a technical challenge and a business challenge, “we need to give them enough time to move to the new rules or else we will cause disruption”.

Twitter had appointed Indian officials, an Indian Interim Grievance Redressal Officer, after several warnings from the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

Shri Shankar said that a distinction should be made between non-criminal activities and criminal activities.

He said, “We should not do anything to discourage the creativity of a tech business. You cannot say that I am doing something and it has no consequences for the society. There needs to be a balance.”

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