Twitter apologises for showing ‘Ladakh’ as part of China

Social media giant Twitter has apologised in writing to a key parliamentary panel for wrongly showing Ladakh as part of China. The Parliamentary panel’s chairperson and BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said that the committee had received a written apology from Twitter and the company has promised to rectify the geo-tagging issue by November 30. The deposition from Twitter has come in the form of an affidavit signed by Twitter Inc’s Chief Privacy Officer, Damien Karein. Representatives of Twitter India had ‘begged apology’ before appearing before the parliamentary panel. The committee asked Twitter India to inform Twitter Inc, the parent company, to submit an affidavit explaining their stand as an answer from its ‘marketing arm’, Twitter India, was not acceptable. “Twitter has now given us a written apology on an affidavit for Ladakh being shown in China,” Lekhi said. “They have apologised for hurting Indian sentiments and have sworn to correct the error by November 30, 2020,” she said, adding that people of India and the government remain committed to the national integrity and security. Last month, the Joint Committee of Parliament on Data Protection Bill had come down heavily on Twitter for showing Ladakh as part of China, saying it amounted to treason and had sought an explanation by the US-based parent of the social media platform in form of an affidavit.