Amidst the tussle between Twitter and India, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister has informed that action will be taken against the platform for posting a distorted map of the country.
Posting a video on social media, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said that an FIR will be filed against Twitter by the Madhya Pradesh government for displaying the wrong map of India where Indian lands are shown as Pakistani and Chinese territories.
“For a long time, Twitter has been going against the country. Sometimes speaking unrestrained about India and sometimes by displaying the wrong map of the country. These are all serious issues and cannot be taken lightly. The central and state government have also taken it seriously,” Tweeted Mishra.
लंबे समय से देश के विरोध में लगातार कुछ न कुछ चल रहा है। कभी भारत माता के बारे में अनर्गल बोलना तो कभी #Twitter पर देश का गलत नक्शा दिखाना,ये सब गंभीर मसले हैं, इन्हें हल्के में नहीं लिया जा सकता है। केंद्र और प्रदेश सरकार ने भी इसे गंभीरता से लिया है।1/2@rsprasad pic.twitter.com/xTXQEG7evv— Dr Narottam Mishra (@drnarottammisra) June 29, 2021
Mishra added that Twitter has been a repeat offender and that the matter has been taken seriously by the Government of India as well as the Madhya Pradesh government.
Additionally, Mishra informed that DGP Vivek Jauhri has been asked to investigate the matter further and register a case in the matter.
Case filed against Twitter in Uttar Pradesh
We reported earlier that Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari has been booked by Uttar Pradesh police under Section 505 (2) of IPC and Section 74 of IT (Amendment) Act 2008 for the same wrongdoing.
Filing an FIR, Praveen Bhati, a Bajrang Dal leader from Bulandshahr complained that the distorted map is a deliberate attempt by Twitter to mislead the world.
Distorted map of India
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.
Twitter had been warned before
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).
The government of India had issued a warning to CEO Jack Dorsey over the misrepresentation of the Indian map, however, it seems to have no effect on the platform who repeatedly chooses to make the same ‘mistake.’