Distorted India map row: Twitter MD Manish Maheshwari booked in Bulandshahr

In fresh trouble for the microblogging site, Twitter India Managing Director (MD) Manish Maheshwari has been booked under Section 505 (2) of IPC and Section 74 of IT (Amendment) Act 2008 for showing the wrong map of India on its website, on the complaint of a Bajrang Dal leader in Bulandshahr.

A war-of-words broke out on Monday after the ‘careers’ page of the Twitter website depicted an incorrect Indian map showing Ladakh as a part of China and Jammu and Kashmir as a separate country.

“This is not the first time that Twitter has got India’s map wrong and that’s perhaps the reason why intermediary guidelines mandate that social media and tech company employees should understand the local cultural sensitivities in territorial issues. I guess it is time to realise that there is inadequacy in compliance with the law of land,” BJP IT Cell in-charge Amit Malviya said.

The page was later removed from the Twitter website. This is not the first time the microblogging site posted an erroneous map of India. In October 2020, Twitter had shown Leh as a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Twitter vs Centre row: In a nutshell

The row comes at a time when Twitter has locked horns with the government over the amended IT rules. Twitter India MD has also been summoned several times in the recent past over the video of an elderly man in Loni, which, according to the authorities ‘disrupted social harmony’.

More recently, the government also revoked Twitter’s intermediary status, thus making it directly accountable for the content posted on the social media platform.


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