New Delhi: The location settings in Twitter has been showing Leh-Ladakh in China, causing massive outrage against the microblogging site. Also Read - Twitter Launches Custom Emojis to Spread Awareness on Domestic Violence Against Women
As the incident came into light, Indian government warned Twitter, asking the social media giant to “respect sensitivities of Indian citizens”. Also Read - 'Coming Soon, But When?': Gamers Await Release of PUBG Mobile India, Flood Twitter With Queries
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”, sources said. Also Read - Meet Tooter, The Indian Version of Twitter | 10 Things to Know About This Swadeshi Social Network
“…such attempts not only bring disrepute to Twitter but also raises questions about its neutrality and fairness as an intermediary,” the letter by IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney said, according to sources.
Earlier, the geo-location of Leh, the largest town in the union territory of Ladakh, was shown as Twitter as part of China.
It has been 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”, government sources added.
The government’s warning to Twitter comes amid the ongoing standoff with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).