Showing Kashmir, Ladakh apart will cost Twitter! Government considering action.
Twitter has once again invited action against itself by making a big mistake. The social media platform has presented a false map of India on the website, showing Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as separate countries. An official with knowledge of the matter said that the Ministry of Electronics and Information is looking into the matter.
The ongoing dispute between the government and Twitter over the new IT law may intensify after the map dispute. The map has been uploaded on the Tweeplife page in the careers section of the company’s website. The map shows Jammu and Kashmir as a separate country, including Ladakh. Hindustan Times sought a response from Twitter, but did not get any response.,
However, this is not the first time that India has raised objections to the wrong map in front of Twitter. In October last year, the government had sent a notice to Twitter over a similar map dispute. Then in the geotag, Leh was said to be part of China. The central government had expressed displeasure in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on 22 October. The government had asked Twitter why action should not be taken against it. However, after this Twitter corrected this mistake.
The government had also warned Wikipedia against misrepresenting the country’s borders. The government had asked Wikipedia to remove that page. HT had reported in the news on February 22, “The secretary further stated that it violates the territorial integrity of the country and it is within the jurisdiction of the ministry to order removal under section 69A.”
The map dispute happened at such a time, there is a war going on between the government and the social media company. The ministry has said that the social media company has failed to implement the guidelines and thus has lost the protection it gets in the form of intermediaries. Twitter had recently blocked the account of IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for an hour after expressing concern over the safety of its employees in India.