A major controversy has erupted after Twitter India showed Jammu and Kashmir as part of the Peoples Republic of China in the timelines.
The matter was raised by Senior defence journalist Nitin Gokhale who tweeted, "Tweeple pl put Hall of Fame Leh as your location for live broadcast and see whatâs happening. It shows location as Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Republic of China. I tested it again. Outrageous. Pl flood Twitter with complaints. GoI should take immediate action."
Soon other twitter users also replied to Gokhale that they were seeing a similar display message with regards to the location. Kanchan Gupta, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) after tweets showed J&K as a part of China.
"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?", Gupta wrote tagging Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Several netizens also asked Prasad and the government to take action against Twitter India. "No @Twitter this is not a freak happenstance," Gupta said in another tweet.
"@Twitter @TwitterIndia so according to you Leh is a part of People's Republic of China," said a netizen. Kindly look into this and take action appropriately. It's high time that these social media giants be held accountable for their stupidity," a netizen said asking Prasad to action.
"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," another Twitterati.