Twitter Apologises to Parliament Panel for Geo-Tagging Ladakh in China

Social media large Twitter has apologised to a parliamentary panel for exhibiting a northern Himalayan area as a part of China, promising to make corrections by month-end, the panel’s chief stated on Wednesday.

Twitter’s chief privateness officer Damien Kieran despatched an apology letter to the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill after the corporate geo-tagged India’s northern territory of Ladakh in neighbouring China, the panel’s head Meenakashi Lekhi advised Reuters.

“They have apologised in writing for hurting feelings of Indians,” stated Lekhi, additionally a lawmaker from the nation’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“We are committed to protecting assets of India – both physically and digitally”.

Twitter has assured the panel that the matter will probably be resolved by November 30, she added.

Twitter executives final month appeared earlier than the panel to clarify the error, with Lekhi accusing the corporate of disrespecting India’s sovereignty.

The mistake got here to gentle after some Twitter customers tagged their posts as being in Ladakh however the geo-tag confirmed their location in China.

Twitter on the time stated the error had been shortly fastened.

Nuclear-armed India and China fought a quick however bloody border struggle in 1962, and are at the moment locked in a months-long navy stand-off alongside their contested Himalayan border that features the area of Ladakh.

The territory is claimed in full by arch-rivals India and Pakistan, whereas China claims a portion in the east often called the Aksai Chin.

The nation’s lawmakers and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities have been at odds with US tech giants.

Lekhi final month criticised Amazon, threatening coercive motion in opposition to the e-commerce large after it failed to seem earlier than her panel, whereas Facebook has been questioned by one other parliament panel over its content material regulation practices.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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