Amid calls for action against Twitter, the microblogging platform has removed the distorted map of India from its website, which showed Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh outside India, reported NDTV.
The glaring distortion appeared on the career section of Twitter website under the header 'Tweep Life'. It triggered a heavy backlash from netizens who demanded strict action against the microblogging platform.
Incidentally, this was not the first time that Twitter has misrepresented India's map. Earlier, it had shown Leh as part of China.
According to the NDTV report, the government may take tough action against Twitter as it "does not take the distortion of the country's map lightly and considers it a serious offence". Twitter could face financial penalties, seven years in jail for its officials and could even be blocked under Section 69A of IT rules, the report added.
BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao "strongly condemned" Twitter's "mischeavious representation" of Indian map. He tweeted: "Twitter is confirming by its actions the apprehensions expressed widely in last few months about its bias towards Indian interests & sensitivities. "Twitter's mischeavious representation of Indian Map is strongly condemned. @Twitter has to follow law of land..!"
Meanwhile, 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.
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.
(With PTI inputs)