Amid a tussle with the Indian government over compliance with new IT rules, the social media giant Twitter is displaying an incorrect map of India, showing Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh as a separate country. The map appeared on the career section of the Twitter website under the header “Tweep life”.
The misrepresented map was identified by a Twitter user, leading to criticism of the social media platform for intentionally showing the wrong Indian map.
Well, this is not the first time Twitter has done something like this. Earlier, it had shown Leh as a part of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as China’s part, which resulted in political instability.
“Twitter is confirming by its actions the apprehensions expressed widely in the last few months about its bias towards Indian interests and sensitivities. Twitter’s mischievous representation of the Indian Map is strongly condemned. Twitter has to follow law of land…!”, said BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao in a tweet.
According to a report by NDTV, the government sources have warned of tough action, stating that alteration of the country’s map is offensive and has consequences. Twitter could face financial penalties, perhaps even be blocked under Section 69A of IT rules.
The new information technology rules which were announced in February and came into effect in May- are formulated to regulate social media companies. Not only social media companies but different forms of content including digital news will be brought under the range of government supervision.
Every other day something is trending on Twitter. Interestingly, for the past few days, ‘Twitter’ is trending in India. On June 5, Twitter had subtly removed the ‘blue tick‘ from the personal handle of India’s Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. The ‘blue tick’ on Twitter is an indication of an account’s legitimacy and authenticity.
Ravi Shankar Prasad Last tweet after Unblock twitter account
On Friday, Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Twitter had denied him access to his account for nearly an hour, citing copyright issues. The social media platform said that the union minister violated copyright law by sharing his television debate clips.