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Twitter apologizes to India for showing J&K as part of China

New Delhi: After the Centre issued a strong warning to Twitter, the company’s Chief Privacy Officer Damien Kieran submitted an affidavit apologising for showing J&K as part of China.

This controversy came to the fore on October 18 when national security analyst Nitin Gokhale noticed that his location (near Leh airport) was displaying ‘Jammu and Kashmir, People’s Republic of China’ on Twitter. Subsequently, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 had expressed strong displeasure over the geotagging issue and asked Twitter to submit a written apology and an affidavit.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has written to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on October 22 reminding him that Leh is the headquarter of Ladakh and that both Ladakh and J&K are ‘integral and inalienable parts of India, governed by the Constitution of India’. Secretary Ajay Sawhney, in his letter, asked the micro-blogging site to respect the sensitivities of Indian citizens.

In response, Twitter had issued a statement stressing that it was aware of the sensitivities around the issue and that its teams are working swiftly on the matter.

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