Amidst the tussle between Twitter and the Central Government, Twitter's career website, Tweep Life, shows a demarcation between the map of India and Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are represented as separate countries.
Breaking News: Twitter website shows Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh as separate country. According to the sources the Government may take tough action in this matter.
— Akhilesh Sharma (@akhileshsharma1) June 28, 2021
This is not the first time that a different map of India has been shown by Twitter. In November 2020, the microblogging website showed Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of the Union Territory of Ladakh. The Central Government had issued a legal notice to Twitter for disrespecting India's territorial integrity.
Prior to this as well, Twitter had shown Leh as part of China after which the government had written to its CEO Jack Dorsey raising an objection. In response, Twitter had rectified the error.
In the past few weeks, Twitter has been at loggerheads with the Indian government over the new IT Rules. The government has slammed Twitter for deliberate defiance and failure to comply with the country's new IT rules. The new rules which came into effect on May 25 mandate social media companies to establish a grievance redressal mechanism for resolving complaints from the users or victims.
Recently on June 27, Twitter's interim resident grievance officer for India stepped down, leaving it without a grievance officer as mandated by the new IT rules to address complaints from Indian subscribers, according to a source. The source said that Dharmendra Chatur, who was recently appointed as interim resident grievance officer for India by Twitter, has quit the post.
Added to that, on June 25, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account was locked for around an hour over copyright violation. The access was briefly revoked on grounds of the alleged violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of the USA, Prasad said.