Govt warns Twitter after location showed J&K as part of China

By VARINDIA - 2020-10-24

Govt warns Twitter after location showed J&K as part of China

Seems social media has a strong influence in the globe. However, it should not be. Since the virtual can’t be actual. Electronics and IT Ministry Secretary, Ajay Sawhney, has written to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey conveying government's disapproval after a location tag in a live broadcast showed Jammu & Kashmir as part of China.

 

Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir are "integral and inalienable parts of India governed by the Constitution of India", the government told Twitter after the social media platform's location settings showed Leh as part of China, government sources said.

 

The letter mentions that such attempts raise questions on Twitter's neutrality and fairness. It further states that any attempt to disrespect India's sovereignty and integrity is unlawful. Expert says, it is the time to regulate the social media.

 

Earlier, the geo-location of Leh, which is the headquarters of the union territory of Ladakh, was shown on Twitter as part of China. Leh is the largest town in Ladakh.

 

The government, sources added, conveyed to Twitter that any attempt by the social media giant to "disrespect sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable" and "unlawful".

 

.such attempts not only brings 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.

 

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.


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