The Uttar Pradesh police have lodged an FIR against Manish Maheshwari, the MD of Twitter India and another company official for displaying a distorted map of India on its website. The action comes a day after Twitter faced the heat from netizens over a world map on the ‘Careers’ section of its website which showed Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh as separate from India. After facing a strong backlash, the map, which displayed the company’s offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, was removed by Twitter.
The FIR has been filed at the Khurja Nagar police station in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh on the basis of a complaint filed by a Bajrang Dal office-bearer. According to news agency PTI, the police have charged Twitter MD Manish Maheshwari and the News Partnerships head, Amrita Tripathi under section 505(2) of IPC and section 74 of the IT Act.
Meanwhile, the IT ministry headed by Ravi Shankar Prasad may issue a notice to the American microblogging site, according to many media reports.
The controversy over a distorted map of India is not new for Twitter. Last year, the company had to apologise after it labelled Jammu and Kashmir as a part of China during a live stream from the Hall of Fame war memorial in Leh. In another instance, Twitter showed Leh as a part of Jammu & Kashmir while it belongs to the UT of Ladakh.
Twitter has also been at crossroads with the Indian government over the new IT laws formulated by the latter in February 2021. The government has revoked the company’s legal protection as an ‘intermediary’ after it refused to abide by the new laws under the stipulated time period. Last week, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the microblogging site of “running its own agenda” after Twitter blocked his account for an hour.