New Delhi: Amid ongoing stand-off with the Centre over compliance with new IT rules, Twitter stoked a fresh controversy on Monday by displaying a distorted map of India on the career section of its website. The distorted map that appears on the ‘Tweep Life’ section depicted the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as separate countries, detached from India.Also Read - India Being Used As Potential 'Back Door' Into Europe For Russian Oil, Suggests Report

Reports claimed that the Centre will issue a strict notice to Twitter asking the micro-blogging platform to remove the distorted map or else face actions. Also Read - ‘Your Electricity Supply Will Be Cut Tonight’ | Beware Of New Fraud; Full Details Inside

This is not the first Twitter has misrepresented India’s map. Last year in October,  it had shown Leh as part of China. The government had then asked Twitter to respect the sensitivities of Indian citizens and also made it clear that any attempt by Twitter to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable and unlawful. Also Read - 5 Train Rides in India That Are Worth Your Time And Money

In a strongly-worded letter, IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney has warned the platform that such attempts not only bring disrepute to Twitter but also raise questions about its neutrality and fairness as an intermediary.  Sawhney had reminded Twitter that Leh is the headquarter of the Union Territory of Ladakh and both Ladakh as well as Jammu and Kashmir are integral and inalienable parts of India, governed by the Constitution of India.

Notably, the US digital giant has been engaged in a tussle with the Indian government over the new social media rules. The government has slammed Twitter for deliberate defiance and failure to comply with the country’s new IT rules, which has led to the microblogging platform losing its legal shield as an intermediary in India and becoming liable for users posting any unlawful content.