The government of India recently warned Twitter after the social media platform’s location settings showed Leh as part of China.
In a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the government of India asked Twitter to “respect sensitivities of Indian citizens” and not misinterpret the map of India. Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir are “integral and inalienable parts of India governed by the Constitution of India,” GOI wrote in the letter.
All this happened after the headquarters of Union Territory, Leh, was shown on Twitter as part of China. The reports doing the rounds claim that Twitter was told that the social media platform’s attempt to “disrespect sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable” and “unlawful”.
“…such attempts not only bring 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 comes amidst India’s standoff with China in Ladakh that doesn’t seem to plunge anytime soon. Recently, China has also released a statement claiming that it doesn’t recognise Ladakh as Union Territory.