In India, Twitter is facing criminal charges of ‘treason’ on the map of Kashmir

Twitter has faced criminal charges in India after the site published a map misrepresenting the tumultuous Indian region of Kashmir as a separate country.

A report was lodged with Uttar Pradesh police on Monday night against Twitter chief Manish Maheshwari in India, calling the publication of the distorted map an “act of treason”.

The error was a sensitive one. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been rocked by the separatist insurgency that has been fighting for independence from India for decades. In August 2019, the Indian government unilaterally snatched the territory of its semi-autonomous powers, much to the chagrin of many in the state.

After a user flagged a map error, it reacted against Twitter, which then quietly removed the map from its “Adaptation Life” section.

However, the mistake has escalated tensions between Twitter and Indian officials, who are busy standing on several fronts.

This is the second time in less than a month that the head of Twitter in India has registered a police case against him in Uttar Pradesh. Maheshwari was summoned by police last week for tweeting about an alleged attack by a Muslim man in the state.

High-profile Indian journalists and political leaders who tweeted about the attack have been named in a police report, which has been accused of publishing allegations on Twitter that incited “sectarian sentiment”.

Maheshwari himself has not tweeted about the attack and a state high court has protected him from arrest in the case, but now the Uttar Pradesh police are challenging the order in the Supreme Court.

The central government of India, led by Narendra Modi, has repeatedly ordered Twitter to remove tweets criticizing government measures and policies. The tweets provoked the wrath of ministers by refusing to comply with several demands for the removal of tweets, and in May, police visited Twitter’s India headquarters in the capital, Delhi, to give the company legal notice.

Along with other social media sites and messaging apps, Twitter has been accused of not fully complying with new government-approved rules that drastically increase state regulation and control over social media sites. Is.

The noise on the wrong map could not be commented on Twitter. However, in a statement last month, Twitter said that harassment of its employees in India and the introduction of new IT laws should alert the company to the recent incidents involving our employees in India and the threat to freedom of expression. Has gone

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