Dedicated to transparency, will share timed updates with govt: Twitter on geo-tagging issue – india news


Microblogging platform Twitter on Wednesday said the company remains dedicated to openness and transparency, and will stay in steady touch with the government to share timed updates.

The company’s commentary comes in the backdrop of its appearance in front of the joint committee of parliament on Data Protection Invoice, 2019, on Wednesday. Representatives of the social media company were also questioned by the members on showing Ladakh as a part of China.

Committee chairman Meenakshi Lekhi had told PTI that Twitter’s explanations to the panel on showing Ladakh as a part of China were “insufficient” and that the act amounts to crook offence attracting imprisonment of seven years. Representatives of Twitter had told the panel that the company respects the sensitivities of India.

“The recent geo-tagging issue used to be all of a sudden resolved by our teams. We are dedicated to openness, transparency around our work and will remain in steady touch with the government to share timed updates,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed commentary.

Twitter had come under heavy criticism and faced a backlash from social media users after its geo-tagging feature displayed “Jammu & Kashmir, People’s Republic of China” in a live broadcast from Leh’s Corridor of Fame, a war memorial for fallen soldiers in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

Twitter had called it a technical issue that had been all of a sudden resolved.

Final week, the government had written to Twitter on the issue, saying any disrespect of the country’s sovereignty and integrity is completely unacceptable.

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