Twitter apologized in writing for marking Ladakh in China
Leh : Social media giant Twitter has given a written apology to a key parliamentary panel for wrongly showing Ladakh in China and has promised to correct the error by month end, said Meenakshi Lekhi on Wednesday.
Twitter's deposition has come in form of an affidavit signed by Damien Karien, Chief Privacy Officer of Twitter Inc, for wrong geo-tagging of India’s map, Lekhi told PTI.
Last month, the Joint Committee of Parliament on Data Protection Bill had blasted Twitter Inc for wrongly showing Ladakh in China, saying it amounted to treason and had sought an explanation by the US-based parent of the social media platform in the form of an affidavit.
"Twitter has now given us a written apology on an affidavit for Ladakh being shown in China," Ms Lekhi said.
"They have apologised for hurting Indian sentiments and have sworn to correct the error by November 30, 2020," she added.
Twitter had come under heavy criticism and faced a backlash from social media users after its geotagging feature displayed “Jammu & Kashmir, the People’s Republic of China” in a live broadcast from Leh’s Hall of Fame, a war memorial for fallen soldiers in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
In the affidavit, Twitter is believed to have claimed that it was “caused due to a software error combined with imperfect data resulting in an incorrect geo-tag”.
"In the last few weeks, we have worked towards resolving the geo-tag issue in a manner wherein Leh as well as other cities in the Union Territory of Ladakh will now accurately show with their respective city name, state and country.
"In addition to this, we are also reviewing the geo-tag for various other cities in Jammu and Kashmir. This work is already in progress and we are targeting November 30, 2020 to complete this exercise," it added.