The controversy surrounding Twitter and its operations in India seems unending. While the US-based social media giant is already engaged in a tussle over compliance with new IT rules, a distorted map of India on the ‘Tweep Life’ section that shows Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as a separate country is likely to make things worse for it.
The distorted map was flagged by a Twitter user and has already generated strong criticism by many users. The government is also likely to take action against the social media giant.
Twitter violates IT rules
The social media giant has appointed California-based Jeremy Kessel as the new grievance officer for India.
The development comes a day after Dharmendra Chatur stepped down and is in clear contravention of the new IT rules which suggests that all nodal officials, including the grievance redressal officer, should be from India. Chatur was Twitter’s interim grievance redressal officer.
The social media giant had told the Delhi High Court on May 31 it was appointing Dharmendra Chatur, partner at a law firm that represented Twitter, as the interim officer for the role. But the Centre had said it could not accept the appointment of outsiders to statutory posts.
Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at Twitter
Last week, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the social media giant after he was denied access to his account for an hour. The minister has already rebuked Twitter on several occasions for not complying with Indian laws related to significant social media intermediaries.
Twitter lost legal protection
The Union government withdrew the legal protection given to Twitter in India after the micro-blogging site failed to comply with the new rules under Information Technology Act. It can no longer claim protection from action because of third-party content.
The new rules came into effect on May 26. The rules required Twitter to appoint India-based officers to handle grievances related to it in the country. UP became the first state after this development to level criminal charges against Twitter.
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