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Twitter shows J&K, Ladakh outside Indian territory, action to be taken: Report

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: At a time when there is a ongoing standoff  between Twitter and Union government over the new Information Technology rules, the micro-blogging site may face government action for carrying a wrong map of India, as it showed the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir as an independent country while Ladakh has been depicted as a part of China.

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The map that appears on the “Tweep Life” section of Twitter shows Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, outside India. The distorted map was flagged by a Twitter user and has generated many angry reactions.

The government might take strict action in this matter, senior government officials told the publication.

In October 2020 as well, the San Francisco-headquartered company showed Ladakh as a part of China for which it apologised to a parliamentary panel after massive uproar. In November, the government issued a notice to Twitter for showing Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, instead of Ladakh.

In recent days, the social media giant has been in the news for not complying with the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, one of the major requirements of which is appointing a local residence grievance officer. On Sunday, Dharmendra Chaturas, who was appointed to the role in an interim capacity, left the post after which Jeremy Kessel was appointed to the post. However, this puts Twitter in violation of the norms.

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In a series of run-ins with Twitter, the government had also asked the site to remove the “manipulated media” tag from tweets posted by several BJP leaders on an alleged Congress “toolkit”.

As Twitter refused to do so, the Delhi Police also served notices, visited its offices in Delhi and Gurgaon, and questioned Twitter India chief Manish Maheshwari in Bengaluru.

Recently, the police in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh summoned Mr Maheshwari for failing to stop the spread of a video that allegedly was aimed at inciting religious discord.

Last Friday, Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who heads the Union ministry for electronics and information technology (MeitY), with which Twitter is engaged in the face-off, found himself locked out of his account for more than an hour. The social media giant has also been in the news for its managing director in India, Manish Maheshwari, being summoned by the Uttar Pradesh Police for questioning in connection with a video of an alleged hate crime in the northern state.

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