IT Minister Criticises WhatsApp For Displaying India's Incorrect Map

Rajeev Chandrasekhar took to Twitter and said, “All platforms that do business in India and/or want to continue to do business in India , must use correct maps"

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the IT minister, criticised WhatsApp on Saturday for posting a video that had an erroneous map of India and demanded that it repair the problem right away. The messaging app then removed the tweet and issued an apology. He asked, “Dear @WhatsApp - Rqst that u pls fix the India map error asap.”

He took to Twitter and said, “All platforms that do business in India and/or want to continue to do business in India , must use correct maps.”

Chandrasekhar posted in response to a message relating to the New Year that featured an incorrect map of India on the platform owned by Meta.

The globe in the WhatsApp video post featuring a New Year's Eve livestream featured an inaccurate map of India with relation to Jammu and Kashmir. After being reported by the minister, WhatsApp removed the tweet.

Whatspp tweeted, “Thank you Minister for pointing out the unintended error; we have promptly removed the stream, apologies. We will be mindful in the future.”

Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of the video calling business Zoom, had received a similar warning from Chandrasekhar earlier this week on a misrepresented map of India. 

The minister had tweeted, “Your may want to make sure you use correct maps of the countries you do/ want to do business in.” Yuan later removed the problematic tweet.

In June 2021, the microblogging service Twitter had faced harsh backlash for showing a skewed map of India. After receiving negative public feedback, Twitter removed the incorrect map.

 The government has made it straightforward that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook operating in the country will have to comply by local laws and the constitutional rights of Indian users. It is noteworthy that the recently amended IT rules also enforce a legal duty on social media companies to make all efforts to avoid prohibited content and misinformation.

 

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