Far-right group Bajrang Dal is filing a police complaint after the map on the Twitter racing page shows India-administered Kashmir outside India.
A Hindu group has filed a complaint with police against the country’s head of Twitter for showing regions off the map of India on its website, and has launched an investigation into a new headache for the networking firm. based in the United States.
A map on the racing page of Twitter showed the Indian-administered Kashmir region, including the Himalayan enclave of Ladakh, outside India. Both India and Pakistan claim the disputed region.
This sparked a clamor on social media this week that comes amid strained relations between Twitter and New Delhi over compliance with the signing of India’s new IT standards.
The complaint accuses India’s head of Twitter, Manish Maheshwari, and another company executive of violating the country’s computer rules as well as laws designed to prevent enmity and class hatred.
“This has hurt my feelings and those of the people of India,” Praveen Bhati, leader of far-right group Bajrang Dal in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, said in the police report. He also called it an act of treason.
Twitter removes the distorted map of India from its website, after the reaction
– ANI Digital (@ani_digital) June 28, 2021
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As of Tuesday, the map was no longer visible in its place.
Maheshwari was summoned earlier this month by police in Uttar Pradesh for failing to stop the broadcast of a video that allegedly incited religious discord. Maheshwari has won the relief of a court in this case.
The Minister of Information and Technology of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has done so accused the social media company for not complying with Indian rules and denying him access to his Twitter account.
To comply with the rules that went into effect in May, companies like Twitter must appoint a compliance officer, a grievance officer and another executive who will maintain relations with law enforcement and government over the requests. legal.
LinkedIn job postings show that all three positions are open on Twitter.
A senior government official has previously told Reuters news agency that Twitter may no longer be eligible to apply for civil liability exemptions as an intermediary or host of user content in India due to non-compliance of the new IT standards.
Activists, however, say it is up to the courts to decide.
Last year, the head of an Indian parliamentary group accused Twitter of not respecting New Delhi’s sovereignty, after cartographic data showed India-ruled territory as part of China in which the signing of social media said it was a bug fixed quickly.
Growing tension with New Delhi has discouraged major US technology companies from the prospects of their biggest growth market, to the point that some are rethinking expansion plans.