September 29, 2021

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Twitter is facing a new problem in India

File photo. Twitter logo on a screen in the New York Stock Exchange. USA, September 28, 2016. REUTERS / Brendan McDermott

War Surap Sharma

Lucknow, India. American Institute of Technology.

A map on the Twitter racing page shows the claim by Jammu and Kashmir, India and Pakistan, as well as the Buddhist location of Ladakh outside India.

The map sparked a social media outcry this week amid tense ties between Twitter and New Delhi over the company’s compliance with India’s new IT rules.

Manish Maheshwari, the head of Twitter in India and an executive of another company, complained that the country was violating information technology rules, as well as laws designed to prevent class hatred and animosity.

“It has hurt my feelings and the mentality of the Indian people,” Praveen Patti, chairman of the Bajrang Dal group in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, told Reuters. He also called it an act of treason.

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment. As of Tuesday, the map on your site is no longer visible.

Central state cyber police have registered a similar complaint against Maheshwari, citing police in Uttar Pradesh earlier this month for failing to curb the spread of a video allegedly inciting religious hatred. Maheshwari did not face any permission in that case.

Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad criticized Twitter for failing to follow the DI rules that came into force in May.

(Written by Sankalp Bharathi; Edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)