The Union government has 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 has sought a reply from Twitter on the issue within “five working days”.
If Twitter does not respond within the timeframe or 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 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.”
A Twitter spokesperson said, “Twitter remains committed to partnering with government of India and the Ministry of Electronics and IT to serve the public conversation. Duly responded to the letter and as part of our correspondence, shared a comprehensive update with latest developments regarding geo-tag issue.”
Twitter had shown Leh as Chinese territory
Earlier, 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.
In response, Twitter had made changes but it has not yet corrected the map to show Leh under the Union Territory of Ladakh. It is still showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir.
In the previous matter, the geo-location of Leh was shown on Twitter as part of China. In that case also, 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, is totally unacceptable” and “unlawful”.
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