Distorted India map on the website; Case registered against Twitter MD

Twitter on Monday caught in another controversy in India. A case was registered against Twitter MD for posting the map of India omitting Jammu Kashmir and Ladak. 

The map displayed in the “Tweep Life” section of Twitter’s website showed J&K and Ladakh outside India. Uttar Pradesh police have registered a case against Titter MD Manish Maheshwari. The case was registered by the Bulandshahr police following a complaint by a Bajrang Dal leader.

The distorted map was flagged by a Twitter user and generated many angry reactions and demands for action. Meanwhile, the controversial map was removed from the Twitter website. In the Tweep Life section of the website, Twitter published a map of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh as separate countries. The move comes against a backdrop of strong protests.

This is the third time in the past few months when the company has displayed the wrong map of India on its platform. In October last year, it had shown Leh as part of China, which had seen furious reactions from IT and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad before the error was corrected. India had also issued a stern warning to Twitter. But in November 2020, Twitter was again served a notice by the government for showing Leh as part of J&K, instead of the UT of Ladakh.

Sources in the IT ministry said that tough action would be taken against Twitter’s provocative moves.

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