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    Twitter apologises to house panel on Ladakh map goof-up

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    Though Twitter tendered an oral apology for this mistake and said it understands the sensitivity of the issue, Meenakshi Lekhi maintained that the matter pertains to the sovereignty and integrity of the country and not respecting it is an act of treason that can lead to imprisonment of seven years.

    Twitter tenders verbal apology for showing Ladakh as Chinese territory
    NEW DELHI: The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 hauled up officials of social media site Twitter for showing Ladakh as part of China, with panel chairperson Meenakshi Lekhi terming this a criminal offence and seeking a written apology and an affidavit from the company as its arguments on the issue were found to be “inadequate”.

    Though Twitter tendered an oral apology for this mistake and said it understands the sensitivity of the issue, Lekhi maintained that the matter pertains to the sovereignty and integrity of the country and not respecting it is an act of treason that can lead to imprisonment of seven years.

    E-commerce site Amazon, which had courted controversy for declining to appear before the panel, sent its officials to depose on Wednesday.

    “The panel has expressed strong displeasure to Twitter as showing Ladakh as part of China is against the sovereignty and integrity of India and amounts to treason with imprisonment of seven years… The committee was unanimous in its opinion that Twitter’s explanation on showing Ladakh as part of China was inadequate and has asked it to file an affidavit and a written apology,” Lekhi told ET.

    Sources said the committee expressed its ire over Twitter showing Leh-Ladakh as part of China in its location settings. The incident had come to light on October 22 and the IT ministry had written to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over “misrepresentation of the map of India” and asked the company to respect the sensitivities of Indians.

    IT secretary Ajay Sahni had also said in his letter that such incidents bring “disrepute” to Twitter and also raises questions about its “neutrality and fairness as an intermediary”. India had also underlined that such attempts to disrespect sovereignty and integrity of the country is not acceptable.

    Twitter officials tendered an oral apology before the Joint Committee, sources said.
    ( Originally published on Oct 28, 2020 )
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Vk Singh90 days ago
    Some things wrong behaviour of Twitter.
    News Hound91 days ago
    Twitter just chill. Why are you guys so worried
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