Microblogging platform Twitter has tendered a verbal apology before a parliamentary committee for showing Ladakh as part of China. This comes a day after the joint parliamentary committee on Data Protection Bill got here down closely on Twitter saying it amounted to treason.
On Wednesday, representatives of Twitter had appeared before the committee, chaired by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, and “begged apology” however they had been advised by the members that it was a legal offence that questioned the soverignty of the nation and an affidait should be submitted by Twitter Inc, not by its ‘advertising and marketing 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 part of China on the Twitter app.
“The committee was of the unanimous opinion that Twitter’s explanation on showing Ladakh as part of China was inadequate,” Lekhi advised PTI after the assembly.
The Twitter representatives advised the panel that the social media firm respects the sensitivities of India, she mentioned.
“But, it is not only a question of the sensitivity of India or Indians. It is a question about national integrity and sovereignty of the country, and not respecting that is a criminal offence. And displaying Indian map improperly and incorrectly is an offence of treason and attracts imprisonment of seven years,” she said.
Lekhi said Twitter was also asked about its banning policy.
“Shadow banning, banning coverage… there is no such thing as a readability about it. Such actions are very subjective…Twitter is changing into a legislation onto themselves and beneath these circumstances, they’re violating Article 19 of the Constitution concerning the freedom of expression,” she said.
Sources said some members also raised questions about Twitter’s transparency policy and its actions during elections, especially vis-a-vis their policies in other countries.
(With PTI inputs)