Ravi Shankar Prasad greets IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for firmly reiterating that new rules are “empowering”

New Delhi: Ravi Shakar Prasad on Monday greeted new IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for firmly reiterating that the new IT Rules are designed to empower the safety & security of users against misuse and redress their grievances.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Greetings to the new IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for firmly reiterating that the new IT Rules are designed to empower the safety & security of users against misuse and redress their grievances. Assuring to note that Twitter too has taken some steps to comply with the new Rules.”

This comes a day after newly-appointed Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday said the new rules are “empowering” and will ensure a “safer and responsible social media ecosystem in India”. He also informed that he reviewed the implementation and the compliance of the IT rules 2021 with the Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

“Reviewed implementation and compliance of Information Technology Rules, 2021 along with my colleague Rajeev Chandrasekhar. These guidelines are empowering and protecting users and will ensure a safer and responsible social media ecosystem in India,” Vaishnaw posted on Koo.

Ashwini Vaishnaw

Former IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnaw’s appointment as the new Electronics and IT Minister replacing senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad comes at a time when the government is at loggerheads with microblogging platform Twitter regarding the new IT rules.

As soon as the Odisha BJP leader took charge of the Ministry, he said the law of the land should be abided by everyone, making it clear that the change in the ministry does not indicate any change in its approach towards the social media platforms, operating in India.

Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar were among the 12 Union Ministers who had resigned from their posts of Council of Ministers ahead of the Union Cabinet expansion on July 7.

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