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Case booked against Twitter India head over Indian map without J&K, Ladakh

Last year, Twitter found itself in a similar controversy when its location tagging system showed the Leh region as part of China.  The Uttar Pradesh Police named Twitter India head Manish Maheshwari in a first information report (FIR) over a map on Twitter's website showing Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as a separate country. The map in question was displayed in the "Tweep Life" section of Twitter's careers page. Although it appears that the incorrect map has been on Twitter's website since May (MediaNama verified this by checking the archived version of the site), the issue was thrown into the spotlight only yesterday. The map was removed within hours after the company faced public backlash and the government said it was looking into the matter. The FIR was filed based on a complaint made by Hindutva group Bajrang Dal leader Praveen Bhati in UP’s Bulandshahr district and it also names Twitter India's head of news partnerships, Amrita Tripathi. Both Maheshwari and Tripathi were booked under Section 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code (creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) and Section 74 of IT (Amendment) Act 2008, Scroll reported. Maheshwari has already been sent notices by the UP police in a separate case on Twitter's role in the Ghaziabad assault case. However, the Karnataka High Court, last week, passed an interim order restraining the UP Police from initiating any coercive action against him. Not the first map row for Twitter Last October, Twitter found itself in the cross-hairs of the Indian government when geotags for Leh on…

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