Twitter tenders apology before house panel on Leh map mess-up

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NEW DELHI: Micro-blogging site Twitter on Thursday tendered a verbal apology before the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) for showing Leh as part of Chinese territory on its location setting.
The parliamentary panel on Wednesday had directed the American social media company to give a written explanation and an affidavit from Twitter Inc to indicate its compliance with Indian laws while committee chair Meenakshi Lekhi warned the firm’s representatives that misrepresenting the Indian map can attract charges of treason.
Twitter India’s public policy and communication team — Shagufta Kamran, Ayushi Kapoor, Pallavi Walia and Manvinder Bali — appeared before the Lekhi-led joint committee on Personal Data Protection Bill 2019. They faced questions on Twitter’s letter to the IT secretary in which it said the company is alive to “Indian sensitivities” on the subject, with committee members pointing out that the issue was not only a matter of “sensitivities” but also India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Lekhi said not depicting India’s map right is treason and attracts a seven-year jail term. “Any firm that owns business in India will have to abide by the law of the land. The panel has asked them to explain further,” she said.
BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab is also understood to have pointed out that Twitter had, in another instance, shown J&K as part of China, following which the Twitter team had “begged apology” while the panel had sought a written response on the firm’s corrective mechanisms and the punitive action taken.



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