Twitter India made a blunder yesterday, showing Jammu and Kashmir as part of the People’s Republic of China. As national security analyst Nitin Gokhale was making a live video on Twitter near Leh airport, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) chairman Kanchan Gupta noticed the location in his video and raised the issue.
Targeting Twitter for the mistake, Gupta said, “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?”
In another tweet, Gupta said, “No @Twitter this is not a freak happenstance.”
Meanwhile, Gokhale who was making the video said, “This morning, I was live on Twitter along with Rohit Pandita to apprise people of my journey to Ladakh from Himachal Pradesh via a new road. After we finished our broadcast, to our horror, we found that the location we had put of our location of the War Memorial, Hall of Fame – a famous landmark in Leh came as Jammu and Kashmir, the People’s Republic of China. I apprised Twitter by tagging them, expecting them to take action, but except for anger from people of India, nothing happened.”
Netizens urged Ravi Shankar Prasad to quickly take action against Twitter India.
However, there is no reaction from Twitter India in this matter yet.
Previous ‘slights’ of Twitter with respect to India
This has not been Twitter’s first such error with regards to India. After the abrogation of article 370, Republic TV had exposed the vicious fake news campaign on social media by Pakistan by sharing an edited video of Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami. The heavily edited video from Republic TV‘s The Sunday Debate with Arnab Goswami from February 24 — just 10 days after the horrific Pak-backed Pulwama terror attack was shared by handles from Pakistan with malintent and with an aim to propagate ISI propaganda. While the original tweet had been deleted, several such copies were being circulated and Twitter did not take action.
Similarly, Pakistan President Arif Alvi had posted out a video trying to “show” the world about ‘atrocities in J&K’, claiming it to be from Srinagar, in August 2019. Inspite of J&K administration clarifying it that it was fake, Twitter refused to take action against the fake news peddled by Pakistan. The micro-blogging website, in its mail to Pakistan President claimed that it investigated the fake news posted by Arif Alvi and that it could not identify any violation of Twitter Rules or applicable laws. Apart from failing to act on fake news, the micro-blogging site has been accused of condoning caste discrimination and hierarchy on its social media platform, with activists demanding equality in blue ticks- all or none.
At 12:45 PM, the micro-blogging site issued a clarification, with its spokesperson saying, “We became aware of this technical issue on Sunday, and understand and respect the sensitivities around it. The teams have worked swiftly to investigate and resolve the concerned geotag issue.”