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Dharmendra Chatur, Twitter’s interim grievance officer for India, quits just weeks after appointment

New Delhi: Dharmendra Chatur, Twitter’s interim resident grievance officer for India, is said to have stepped down, leaving the microblogging platform without a grievance official as mandated by the new IT rules.

The social media company’s website no longer displays his name, as required under Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

Twitter declined to comment on the development.

The development comes at a time when the microblogging platform is engaged in a tussle with the Indian government over the new social media rules. The government has slammed Twitter for deliberate defiance and failure to comply with the new guidelines.

The new rules which came into effect from May 25 mandate social media companies to establish a grievance redressal mechanism for resolving complaints from the users or victims. All significant social media firms, with over 50 lakh users in the country, shall appoint a grievance officer to deal with such complaints and share the name and contact details of such officers.

The big social media companies are mandated to appoint a chief compliance officer, a nodal contact person and a resident grievance officer. All of them should be residents in India.

Twitter, in response to the final notice issued by the government on June 5, had said that it intends to comply with the new IT rules and will share details of the chief compliance officer. In the meantime, it had appointed Chatur as interim resident grievance officer for India. Twitter now displays the company’s name in the place of grievance officer for India with a US address and an email ID.

According to a government official, the company has lost legal protection as an intermediary and will be legally held responsible for all content posted by its users on the platform.

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