Twitter India MD booked after site shows JK, Ladakh as separate countries

New Delhi: As Twitter India on its website showed Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh two separate countries, the social media giant’s India chief Manish Maheshwari has been booked by the Uttar Pradesh police, reports said quoting people familiar with the development on Tuesday.

In a report published by Hindustan Times, Bulandshahr senior superintendent of police (SSP) Santosh Kumar Singh confirmed that a lawyer Praveen Bhati has lodged an FIR against officials of Twitter India for showing the incorrect map of India.

Along with Maheshwari, one Amrita Tripathi has also been booked under section 505(2) of the IPC — statement conducing to public mischief — and section 74 of the IT (Amendment) Act, 2008, the report said.

The case was registered at the Khurja Nagar police station in Bulandshahr on the complaint of a local Bajrang Dal leader.

The case relates to a map of India which earlier appeared on the career section of the Twitter website under the header ‘Tweep Life’. The map showed Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, as separate countries.

In India, Twitter is facing heavy backlash amid its stand-off with the GoI over compliance with the new IT rules in the country.


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