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Manish Maheshwari, Twitter India Chief has been booked in Bulandshahr in connection with showing a distorted map of India on its website. The controversial map showed India’s two union territories Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as two separate countries. 

Maheshwari, along with, Amrita Tripathi, Head, News Partnerships have also been booked in the case, filed under the provisions of Section 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 74 of IT (Amendment) Act 2008 based on a complaint by Praveen Bhati, a Bajrang Dal leader in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh

The map appeared on the world map in the career section of Twitter’s website under the header “Tweep Life”.The map was later removed from Twitter. The controversial map row invoked angry reactions from Indians. 

The uproar came when the microblogging site and the central government of India are in a tiff with each other over compliance with new IT rules.

When the distorted map came under public scrutiny netizens demanded strict actions against Twitter for making this grave mistake again. This is not the first time that any such incident happened. Earlier, Leh was shown as a part of China on Twitter. 

This is for the second time that the microblogging site misrepresented India’s political map. Last year, the Centre government served a notice to Twitter over showing Leh as a part of China.

Reasoning in favor of the new IT intermediary guidelines BJP IT Cell in-charge Amit Malviya said, “Intermediary guidelines mandate that social media and tech company employees should understand the local cultural sensitivities in territorial issues. I guess it is time to realize that there is inadequacy in compliance with the law of land.”

Last week, the Karnataka High Court allowed interim relief to Maheshwari, in connection with the FIR filed by the Uttar Pradesh Police over the viral Ghaziabad attack video. Karnataka High Court judge, Justice G. Narendra prohibited the UP Police from taking any intimidating action against the Twitter Chief.

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