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A distorted map of India on the Twitter website had shown Jammu and Kashmir as a part of Pakistan while the entire Ladakh was shown as Chinese territory.

Twitter has once again invited trouble because of its irksome behaviour in India. In a fresh case, Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari has been booked under Section 505 (2) of IPC and Section 74 of IT (Amendment) Act 2008 for showing the wrong map of India on its website.

The case has been filed on the complaint of a Bajrang Dal leader in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. 

OpIndia has obtained a copy of the FIR. Praveen Bhati, a Bajrang Dal leader from Bulandshahr, has complained that the distorted map is a deliberate attempt by Twitter to mislead the world. He has added that by showing a distorted map of India where Indian lands are shown as Pakistani and Chinese territories, Twitter hurt the sentiments of Indian people and also has broken Indian law.

Copy of the FIR filed at Bulandshahr

A massive controversy broke out after the social media giant posted a distorted map of India on the career section on its website. The map that appears on the ‘Tweep Life’ section shows Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh detached from India. While Jammu and Kashmir is shown as a part of Pakistan, the entire Ladakh was shown as Chinese territory.

Distorted Map posted by Twitter on its website. Image Source: Twitter

Several users demanded strict action against Twitter for ignoring Indian law and showing scant regards for India’s territorial sovereignty.

BJP IT Cell in-charge Amit Malviya also lashed out calling out on Twitter for its irresponsible behavior. “This is not the first time that Twitter has got India’s map wrong and that’s perhaps the reason why intermediary guidelines mandate that social media and tech company employees should understand the local cultural sensitivities in territorial issues. I guess it is time to realise that there is inadequacy in compliance with the law of land,” he said.

Subsequently, Twitter pulled down the map quietly after the furor. However, this could not save them from legal trouble.

Moreover, Twitter has till now not issued any apology or explanation on the use of a distorted map of India on its career page.

Twitter is a repeat offender

This is not the first time that the social media platform has shown the courage to display the wrong map of India. In October 2020, national security analyst Nitin A Gokhale found that Twitter had labelled the Indian territory of Leh in Ladakh as part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Gokhale, the founder of Strat News Global, had marked his location as ‘Hall of Fame Leh’. However, the microblogging platform displayed the area as a part of PRC. The screengrab of the video read, “Nitin A Gokhale was live. Jammu and Kashmir, People’s Republic of China.”

The government of India had issued a warning to CEO Jack Dorsey over the misrepresentation of the Indian map. Giving notice to Twitter, Secretary IT had said that such attempts not only bring disrepute to Twitter but also raises questions about its neutrality and fairness as an intermediary.

At that time, Twitter had reportedly apologised and had stated that they would rectify mistakes regarding India’s territorial depictions by November 30, 2020.

Manish Maheshwari avoids Ghaziabad crime investigation

Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari was expected to join the probe and appear before the Ghaziabad Police in connection with the fake hate crime made viral on the platform earlier this month. A case was filed against Twitter for failing to remove the fake news and videos being peddled on the social media site.

However, Maheshwari filed a writ petition before the Karnataka High Court against the notice issued by UP Police under Section 41A of CRPC and was granted interim relief from arrest.

Twitter’s grievance officer quits

After trying its best to evade the new IT rules proposed by the Government of India, Twitter had appointed an interim grievance officer.

However, the new grievance officer Dharmendra Chatur quit from his position after he was summoned by the UP Police along with Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari in connection with a manipulated video that peddled a fake hate crime.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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