The affidavit added that Prakash is fully capable of performing the functions of Chief Compliance Officer and Resident Grievance Officer as per the new IT rules. And, it added that Shahin Komath has been appointed as Nodal Contact Person.
"No social media platform or any other intermediary can destroy our democracy," Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, told the Rajya Sabha.
The Chief Justice replied: "Have you examined the recent IT rules. It takes care of it".
The micro-blogging site had informed the Delhi High Court last week that it will take eight weeks to appoint a resident grievance officer in compliance with the new IT rules.
The minister has taken charge of the ministry at a time when the government and the US-headquartered micro-blogging platform Twitter seemed to be at loggerheads over the new norms, with the previous IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad publicly blaming Twitter of flouting norms.
Under the rules, media companies or their associations have to form self-regulatory bodies which would be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or High Courts or an eminent person.
When questioned about Twitter not complying with the new IT law, the Minister hinted that everyone has to follow new guidelines.
On the aspect of appointment of RGO under rule 4(1)(c), Twitter said it is in the process of making an offer of appointment to a resident of India as its "interim RGO" and expects to do so on or before July 11, 2021.
"We are not stopping you from taking action, court has not granted any protection to Twitter. If they are in violation, you know what to do," the high court told central government counsel.
The IT Rules, 2021 are the law of the land and Twitter is mandatorily required to comply with the same, said the affidavit filed in response to a plea by lawyer Amit Acharya, in which he claimed non-compliance of the Centre's new IT Rules by the microblogging platform.
The publishing of compliance reports by Google, Facebook and Instagram is bound to turn up the heat on Twitter, which has been engaged in a tussle with the Indian government over the new social media rules.
The agenda of the parliamentary panel meeting was to safeguard citizens' rights and prevent the misuse of social/online news media platforms.
Social media giant Facebook on Tuesday said it will publish an interim report on July 2 as mandated by the IT rules, and provide information on the number of content it removed proactively between May 15-June 15.
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.
All mainstream media, including print and electronic, will have to comply the provisions of IT Rules, 2021 with immediate effect without exemption as the government has refused to exempt them from the ambit of the new digital media rules.
On February 25, the government had announced new IT rules for large social media firms such as Twitter, Facebook and others, asking them to comply with the new regulations. The new IT rules include, appointment of resident grievance officer, plus it has asked major social media intermediaries (with over 50 lakh users) to have a physical contact address in India, monitoring of objectionable content, and monthly compliance report.