Twitter again shows wrong map of India&
New Delhi: Microblogging site Twitter has for the second time in a year misrepresented the map of India. This time it has shown Jammu & Kashmir as a separate country from India, and showed large parts of Ladakh as China. The distorted map of India is on the career section of the Twitter website under the header “Tweep Life”.
Just 10 months ago in October 2020, Twitter had geo-tagged Leh as a part of the People’s Republic of China. At the time, Ajay Sawhney, the Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics & IT had written a stern letter to Twitter’s founder and global chief, Jack Dorsey.
In that letter, the government had said any attempt by Twitter to disrespect sovereignty and integrity of India is unlawful and totally unacceptable.
They had also said the misrepresentation of the map raises questions about Twitter’s fairness as an intermediary.
This has now become a regular allegation by the government against Twitter. It was echoed as recently as three days ago by cabinet minister & India’s IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, when his Twitter account had been restricted for about an hour over alleged copyright infringement.
As it is Twitter is yet to comply with India’s newly notified guidelines for social media intermediaries that came into effect on May 26, 2021.
It has thus lost its legal immunity of being an intermediary, and is now liable for all the content including text, photos, videos posted on its platform by millions of users in India.
Unlike Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, LinkedIn, etc, Twitter has not yet met the guidelines criterion for full-time Chief Grievance Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Nodal Officer.
The guidelines mandate these designated officers be residents of India and full-time employees. Twitter had appointed an interim chief grievance officer from a Bengaluru-based law firm, who resigned from the post in less than a month.
On June 5, Twitter was given “one last notice” as a “gesture of goodwill” to “immediately comply” with the new social media intermediary rules. That was the third communication from the government to Twitter to comply with the new rules.
In a press release issued on May 27, Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had told Twitter to “stop beating about the bush and comply with the law”. Soon thereafter the Delhi High Court has also said social media platforms including Twitter “have no choice” but to comply with the new rules.