On 18th October, the Indian National security Analyst Nitin A Gokhle was conducting a live session on Twitter in the Leh region. He had tagged the ‘Hall of Fame’ location located in Leh. The ‘Hall of Fame’ is a museum dedicated to Indian soldiers. During this particular incident, it was noticed that Twitter had labeled the Indian territory of Leh as a part of China.Embed from Getty Images
To confirm the same, Nitin A Gokhle later marked his geo-location from Leh’s Kushok Bakula Airport, the area reflected as a part of China.
The Government of India submitted a strongly worded letter to Twitter and expressed their concern towards the misinterpretation of the Indian map by the Social media platform.
The letter was submitted to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey by Indian IT secretary Ajay Sawhney, on behalf of the Indian Government. The letter had clearly mentioned that such actions would raise questions about the neutrality and transparency of Twitter. The letter also noted that Leh is the headquarter of the Union Territory of Ladhak and is an integral and inalienable part of India.
The Government of India also asked Twitter to respect the sensitivity of Indian Citizens. The letter condemned the act by Twitter by stating that any such efforts to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India are unacceptable and unlawful.
In a similar incident, it was found the Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi did not reflect Itanagar, Pasighat, and Longding as part of Arunachal Pradesh.Embed from Getty Images
On 9th November, the Ministry of Electronics and IT served another notice to Twitter as Leh is labeled as a part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of the Union territory of Ladhak. The Government of India has stated that labeling Leh as a part of Jammu and Kashmir is a deliberate attempt by the Social Media giant to undermine the will of the sovereign parliament of India. The Government of India has asked Twitter for an explanation for the misinterpretation of the Indian map.