After a reaction, Twitter deleted an erroneous image of India off its website on Monday. The map incorrectly depicted Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh as distinct countries. J&K and Ladakh were shown as being outside of India on a map on Twitter’s “Tweep Life” section.
A Twitter user noticed the warped map, which sparked a flurry of furious responses and requests for action.
According to government officials, the distortion of the country’s map is a severe offence that will result in harsh punishment.
According to the sources, Twitter may face financial fines, seven years in prison for its executives, and possibly be prohibited under Section 69A of the IT regulations.
According to reports, Twitter is a serial offender. It had previously shown Leh as part of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh as part of China.
“Twitter’s actions are validating many concerns raised in recent months about the company’s tilt toward Indian interests and sensitivities. The malicious depiction of Indian Map on Twitter is highly criticised. Twitter must abide by the law of the nation…! “BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao tweeted this.
This is the latest development in a long-running conflict between the government and Twitter over a variety of topics, including the labelling of BJP leaders’ postings as “manipulated media” and new social media restrictions.
The government of India has imposed new restrictions on Twitter
In response to the new restrictions, which include employing India-based compliance officers, Twitter raised “freedom of speech” concerns.
There were concerns that Twitter might lose legal protection against user-generated content since it was slow to respond to the government’s warnings about following the laws.
On May 31, Twitter informed the Delhi High Court that Dharmendra Chatur, a partner at a law firm that represented Twitter, had been appointed as its temporary grievance redressal officer. The government, on the other hand, stated that outsiders could not be appointed to statutory positions.
Dharmendra Chatur resigned on Sunday, weeks after being appointed. Jeremy Kessel, Twitter’s Global Legal Policy Director based in the United States, has been named the grievance officer for India. The new regulations, on the other hand, stipulate that the job be filled by an Indian citizen.
The government had also ordered Twitter to delete the “manipulated media” term from tweets sent by various BJP leaders on a purported Congress “toolkit” after a series of run-ins with the site.
The Delhi Police visited Twitter’s headquarters in Delhi and Gurgaon.
The Delhi Police delivered notifications, visited Twitter’s headquarters in Delhi and Gurgaon, and questioned Twitter India chief Manish Maheshwari in Bengaluru when the company failed to comply.
Mr Maheshwari was recently called by the authorities in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh for failing to stop the circulation of a film that was purportedly intended to incite religious strife.
The Twitter account of Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was momentarily banned on Friday, reportedly due to copyright breaches. The minister said he was barred access to his account for more than an hour after accusations that he had broken copyright laws by uploading recordings of himself from TV discussions.