New Delhi: The government has warned Twitter over its location settings showing Leh in People’s Republic of China, asking the social media giant to “respect sensitivities of Indian citizens”, NDTV reported, quoting government sources.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT Secretary has written to Twitter Inc CEO Jack Dorsey expressing the government’s disapproval of the “misrepresentation of map of India”, the report quoted sources as saying.
The government, sources added, conveyed to Twitter that any attempt by the social media platform to “disrespect sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable” and “unlawful”.
“…such attempts not only bring disrepute to Twitter but also raises questions about its neutrality and fairness as an intermediary,” IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney said in the letter, according to sources.
Earlier on October 18, it was reported that the geotag location of Leh, which is the largest town in the union territory of Ladakh, was shown by Twitter as part of China.
The issue was flagged by one Nitin A Gokhale, a national security analyst (as his Twitter bio reads), when he was doing a live video from Leh. He said he marked his location as “Hall of Fame Leh” but Twitter showed it as “Jammu and Kashmir, People’s Republic of China.”
The matter had erupted a controversy on Twitter with many users questioning if the social media giant’s policy on such matters had changed.
Later, Twitter issued a clarification saying that they were made aware of the issue and it has been rectified.
“We became aware of this technical issue on Sunday, and understand and respect the sensitivities around it. The teams have worked swiftly to investigate and resolve the concerned geotag issue,” the statement read, as reported by ANI.
The government’s warning to Twitter comes amid the tense standoff with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Indian and Chinese soldiers have been locked in a standoff at the LAC, or the de-facto border between the countries, in Ladakh since May. Tension peaked in June when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the line of duty in a clash with the Chinese at Galwan Valley.
There have been several rounds of military and diplomatic talks between the two sides to resolve the standoff.