Microblogging platform Twitter has tendered a verbal apology earlier than a parliamentary committee for displaying Ladakh as a part of China. This comes a day after the joint parliamentary committee on Information Safety Invoice got here down closely on Twitter saying it amounted to treason.
On Wednesday, representatives of Twitter had appeared earlier than the committee, chaired by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, and “begged apology” however they had been advised by the members that it was a prison offence that questioned the soverignty of the nation and an affidait should be submitted by Twitter Inc, not by its ‘advertising arm’ Twitter India, sources advised PTI.
They had been questioned for greater than two hours by the panel members, primarily on Ladakh being proven as a part of China on the Twitter app.
“The committee was of the unanimous opinion that Twitter’s rationalization on displaying Ladakh as a part of China was insufficient,” Lekhi advised PTI after the assembly.
The Twitter representatives advised the panel that the social media firm respects the sensitivities of India, she stated.
“However, it isn’t solely a query of the sensitivity of India or Indians. It’s a query about nationwide integrity and sovereignty of the nation, and never respecting that could be a prison offence. And displaying Indian map improperly and incorrectly is an offence of treason and attracts imprisonment of seven years,” she stated.
Lekhi stated Twitter was additionally requested about its banning coverage.
“Shadow banning, banning coverage… there is no such thing as a readability about it. Such actions are very subjective…Twitter is changing into a regulation onto themselves and underneath these circumstances, they’re violating Article 19 of the Structure concerning the freedom of expression,” she stated.
Sources stated some members additionally raised questions on Twitter’s transparency coverage and its actions throughout elections, particularly vis-a-vis their insurance policies in different international locations.
(With PTI inputs)