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Twitter apologises to govt over incorrect political map


Social media giant Twitter has issued a formal apology to the Indian government for showing an incorrect map of Leh and Ladakh. Notably, Twitter had shown Leh and Ladakh as part of China that has resulted in a severe criticism for the company.

It has also assured the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection that it will correct the error by November 30.

Parliamentary panel’s chairperson Meenakshi Lekhi told a news agency that Twitter has apologised in writing for showing Ladakh in China.

Meenakshi Lekhi said, “Twitter’s affidavit signed by Damien Karien, Chief Privacy Officer of Twitter Inc, for wrong geo-tagging of India’s map.”

“Twitter has apologised for hurting Indian sentiments and has sworn to correct the error by November 30, 2020,” she added.

Twitter had shown Leh as Chinese territory

Notably, Twitter had also shown Leh as part of China, after which the secretary of the Electronics and Information Technology Ministry had written to Jack Dorsey.

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The geo-location of Leh was shown on Twitter as part of China. The government had conveyed to Twitter that any attempt by the social media giant to “disrespect sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, was totally unacceptable” and “unlawful”.

Another controversy over Leh map

The Union government had in early November directed social media giant Twitter to explain why it showed Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of a separate Union Territory. The Centre had sought a reply from Twitter on the issue within “five working days”.

If the government is not satisfied with the social media giant’s response, it can block access to Twitter under the IT Act. Also, a police complaint can be filed against its officials with punishments up to six months imprisonment.

The government had said showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir was a “deliberate attempt by Twitter to undermine the will of the sovereign Parliament of India which had declared Ladakh as a Union Territory with its headquarters in Leh”.

The government said Twitter should explain why legal action should not be taken against the website and its representatives for “disrespecting the territorial integrity of India by showing an incorrect map.”


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