Amid a stand-off with the Indian government over compliance with new IT rules, the Twitter website is displaying a wrong map of the country that shows Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh as a separate country.
The glaring distortion, which appears on the career section of the Twitter website under the header Tweep Life’, has triggered a heavy backlash from netizens who are demanding strict action against the microblogging platform.
This is not the first time that Twitter has misrepresented India’s map. Earlier, it had shown Leh as part of China. A mail sent to Twitter on the issue did not elicit a response.
The US digital giant has been engaged in a tussle with the Indian government over the new social media rules. The government has confronted Twitter for deliberate defiance and failure to comply with the country’s new IT rules, despite repeated reminders.
Notably, the microblogging platform has lost its legal shield as an intermediary in India, becoming liable for users posting any unlawful content. On Monday, social media users slammed Twitter’s gross misrepresentation of India’s map, which appears on its career section.
The global map, showing Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh outside India, triggered angry responses from netizens who are demanding stringent action be initiated against the microblogging platform that has flouted rules on multiple occasions in the past.
In November, the government issued a notice to Twitter for showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of the Union Territory of Ladakh, as the Centre lambasted the platform for disrespecting the territorial integrity of India by showing an incorrect map.
Twitter’s apparent heavy-handedness has come under government scrutiny when the microblogging platform did not fully comply with the new rules, called intermediary Guidelines, that mandate setting up a robust grievance redressal mechanism and appointing officers to coordinate with law enforcement.
The rules became effective from May 26; and Twitter, even after the expiry of the additional time, had not appointed the requisite officers, leading to it losing the ‘safe harbour’ immunity.
Twitter and the government have been at loggerheads over multiple instances in the past months, including during the farmers’ protest and later when the microblogging platform tagged political posts of several leaders of the ruling party BJP as “manipulated media”, triggering a sharp rebuke from the centre.