Twitter shows J and K as part of China; backtracks as netizens raise storm

19th October 2020

19th October 2020

The micro-blogging site, Twitter showed Jammu and Kashmir as part of China's territory on Monday and later it declared that it was a 'technical issue' but later confirmed that the problem has been resolved.

"We became aware of this technical issue on Sunday, and understand and respect the sensitivities around it. Teams have worked swiftly to investigate and resolve the concerned geotag issue," said a Twitter spokesperson in an official statement.

Twitter clarified the issue after it showed Jammu and Kashmir as China's territory during a live broadcast in a location tag.

On Sunday, Twitter became the centre point of a major controversy after it showed in timelines, Jammu and Kashmir as the People's Republic of China territory. Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Distinguished Fellow, Kanchan Gupta was the first to raise the issue.

"So @Twitter has decided to reconfigure geography and declare Jammu & Kashmir as part of People's Republic of #China. If this is not a violation of #India laws, what is? Citizens of India have been punished for far less. But US Big Tech is above the law?" tweeted Kanchan Gupta.

The government and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were asked by the netizens to look into the matter.

In another tweet, Gupta said, "No @Twitter this is not a freak happenstance."

"@Twitter @TwitterIndia so according to you Leh is a part of People's Republic of China," a netizen said.

"Kindly look into this and take action appropriately. It's high time that these social media giants be held accountable for their stupidity," said a netizen while asking Prasad to take action.

Another Twitter user said, "Please take cognizance of this serious matter and take necessary action against @TwitterIndia. They cannot take Indian sovereignty for granted. Don't let them normalize this misadventure."

 

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