Twitter Drops Incorrect India Map From Its Web site Amid Calls For Motion


Sources say the federal government could take powerful motion

New Delhi:

Twitter on Monday faraway from its web site a improper map of India that confirmed Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as a separate nation after a backlash. The map displayed within the “Tweep Life” part of Twitter’s web site confirmed J&Okay and Ladakh exterior India.

The distorted map was flagged by a Twitter consumer and generated many offended reactions and calls for for motion.

Authorities sources had warned of powerful motion, saying that the distortion of the nation’s map is a critical offence. Twitter might face monetary penalties, seven years in jail for its officers and will even be blocked below Part 69A of IT guidelines, the sources stated.

Twitter is a repeat offender, stated sources. Prior to now, it had proven Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as part of China.

“Twitter is confirming by its actions the apprehensions expressed broadly in the previous couple of months about its bias in the direction of Indian pursuits and sensitivities. Twitter’s mischievous illustration of Indian Map is strongly condemned. Twitter has to observe regulation of land..!” – tweeted BJP chief P Muralidhar Rao.

That is the newest within the raging feud between the federal government and Twitter over a variety of points, from the tagging of BJP leaders’ posts as “manipulated media” to new guidelines for social media websites.

Twitter had flagged “freedom of expression” issues whereas responding to the brand new guidelines, which embody appointing India-based compliance officers.

Because it was gradual to answer the federal government’s warnings on complying with the principles, there have been questions on Twitter shedding authorized safety in opposition to user-generated content material.

On Might 31, Twitter informed the Delhi Excessive Courtroom that it was appointing Dharmendra Chatur, associate at a regulation agency that represented Twitter as its interim grievance redressal officer. Nevertheless, the federal government stated it couldn’t settle for the appointment of outsiders to statutory posts.

On Sunday, Dharmendra Chatur give up, weeks after his appointment. Twitter has now appointed its US-bsaed World Authorized Coverage Director Jeremy Kessel because the grievance officer for India. The brand new guidelines, nonetheless, require an Indian resident for the position.

In a collection of run-ins with Twitter, the federal government had additionally requested the location to take away the “manipulated media” tag from tweets posted by a number of BJP leaders on an alleged Congress “toolkit”.

As Twitter refused to take action, the Delhi Police additionally served notices, visited its places of work in Delhi and Gurgaon, and questioned Twitter India chief Manish Maheshwari in Bengaluru.

Just lately, the police in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh summoned Mr Maheshwari for failing to cease the unfold of a video that allegedly was geared toward inciting spiritual discord.

On Friday, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s Twitter account was briefly locked, allegedly over copyright violations. The minister stated he was denied entry to his account for over an hour over complaints that he violated copyright regulation by posting clips of himself from tv debates.


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