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Twitter apologises to House panel for map showing Ladakh in China

The panel, which is examining the Personal Data Protection Bill, had pulled up Twitter last month when its representatives appeared before it to present their views on the legislation.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2020 12:54:32 am
twitter Ladakh in china error, twitter apology, twitter apology in writing for Ladakh in china error, indian express "They have apologised for hurting Indian sentiments and have sworn to correct the error by November 30, 2020," Meenakshi Lekhi said. (File)

Twitter has submitted a written apology to a joint parliamentary committee for incorrectly showing Ladakh as part of China.

The panel, which is examining the Personal Data Protection Bill, had pulled up Twitter last month when its representatives appeared before it to present their views on the legislation.

The representatives of Twitter had then apologised, but the panel took the view that an oral apology was not enough and asked the company to submit an affidavit. While the representatives of Twitter had told the panel that the company respects the sensitivities of India, the panel was of the view that it was not a question of just sensitivities but about India’s sovereignty and integrity. It felt that Twitter’s location setting showing Ladakh in China amounted to a criminal offense.

Twitter’s deposition has now come in the form of an affidavit signed by Damien Karien, Chief Privacy Officer of the firm, for wrong geo-tagging of India’s map, panel Chairman Meenakshi Lekhi was quoted as saying by PTI.

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