Govt livid as Twitter leaves J&K and Ladakh out of India map

New Delhi: Microblogging site Twitter once again displayed on its website a distorted map of India, this time showing Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as not a part of the country. The map appears under the Twitter website's Career section under the heading 'Tweep Life' section. Late night, Twitter removed the wrong map of India that showed Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as a separate country after facing backlash.

The distorted map attracted criticism from several netizens. This is not the first time that the social media platform has shown the wrong map of India. In October 2020, 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 then 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 raise questions about its neutrality and fairness as an intermediary. Now for the past several months, Twitter has been involved in a stand-off with the Indian government over the new amendments in the country's new Information Technology laws with the microblogging platform losing its intermediary status and becoming liable for user generated content.

Among other conditions mandated by the government in the new rules for social media websites include appointment of an interim grievance officer for India and other regulations. Yesterday, Twitter's interim resident grievance officer for India, Dharmendra Chatur stepped down, days after he was appointed as per the new IT guidelines. Meanwhile, US-based Jeremy Kessel is shown as the new Grievance Officer for India on the platform.

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