Union Law Minster Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday issued a statement online criticising Twitter for its failure to comply with the recently introduced Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. .The development comes close on the heels of repeated warnings from the Central government that the social media platform would lose its safe harbour status if it fails to comply with the new intermediary guidelines..Government of India gives Twitter "one last notice" as "gesture of goodwill" to comply with IT Rules, 2021.In his statement on KooApp, Law Minister Prasad issued the following word of caution for the social media platform:.Prasad also expressed concern over a pick and choose policy in flagging manipulated media being adopted by Twitter. A reference was made to fake news being allowed to spread on the online platform with respect to an incident in Uttar Pradesh, although the Law Minister's statement does not divulge specific details. ."What happened in U.P. was illustrative of Twitter’s arbitrariness in fighting fake news. While Twitter has been over enthusiastic about its fact checking mechanism, it’s failure to act in multiple cases like U.P. is perplexing as well as points towards its inconsistency in fighting misinformation", the Law Minister said..UP Police registers FIR against Twitter, The Wire, Rana Ayyub, Shama Mohamed, Mohammed Zubair for tweeting Ghaziabad attack video.While the video was portrayed as an attack on Muslim man by Hindus, the UP Police has maintained that the attackers were both Hindus and Muslims and the reason for the attack was a personal dispute between the man and his attackers..In his statement, the Law Minister added that the new IT Rules were introduced given the need to counter fake news. The full statement has been published on Twitter as well as the Koo platform. .Earlier this month, the Central government had given Twitter "one last notice" to comply with the new IT Rules, which came into force from May 26..Prior to this, in a May 31 hearing, Twitter claimed before the Delhi High Court that it has already appointed a Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO) in compliance with the IT Rules, 2021..Have appointed Grievance Redressal Officer in compliance with IT Rules, 2021: Twitter tells Delhi High Court.In its June 5 notice, however, the Central government took note that the office address of the Resident Grievance Officer for India appointed by Twitter is that of a law firm and not of an employee of Twitter India. Further, the government had highlighted that Twitter was yet to disclose details of its Chief Compliance Officer, as is required under the IT Rules, 2021..There are also multiple source-based reports stating that Twitter has already lost the said protection. However, Internet Freedom Foundation, in its tweet has clarified the law on protection of intermediaries. IFF states "We would like to caution against news reports of any social media entity (a significant entity) losing the “protective shield” of an “intermediary status”. This emerges from an incorrect reading of the law."