Twitter Shows the Wrong Map of India

There has been a lot of debate on whether Twitter should be banned as it had failed to fully comply with the Central Government rules. To date, it has not been banned and it has been asked to make certain changes to comply with the current IT rules. However, Twitter’s uploading of wrong maps of India is triggering a massive backlash not only from the Government but also from the users.

This is not the first time that Twitter has shown the wrong map of India. In October 2020, Twitter had uploaded a map showing Leh as part of China, which is quite ridiculous. Leh has always been a part of India even before the British rule. It is also argued that despite similarities in religion and customs with Tibet, Ladakh was neither a part of Tibet nor have Chinese claimed Leh, though it claims parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Ajay Sawhney, Ministry of Electronics and IT secretary, said,

“Any attempt by Twitter to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable. The same is also unlawful.”

After a stern letter was given to the CEO of Twitter, Twitter removed the wrong map from their site.

Twitter has erupted once again due to the uploading of another inappropriate map of India as late as June 2021. This time it showed Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as separate countries, not a part of India. This is very disturbing since almost the entire world, except Pakistan, considers Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as a part of India. It is true that there are parts of Jammu and Kashmir, occupied by Pakistan, and parts of Ladakh, occupied by China. However, those parts are shown to be part of the respective countries, Pok part of Pakistan and Aksai Chin part of China. The rest of the state, which is no doubt a part of India, has been demarcated as a separate country. This has irked the Indian politicians and locals living in those areas, many of whom have raised their voices.

Under public pressure, Twitter was again forced to remove the wrong map and upload a correct map showing Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as part of India. However, this has drawn ire from netizens not only from India but also outside. Many users have lost trust in Twitter and have stopped using it. Twitter will lose a major chunk of users if it continues to post inappropriate maps like this. It is high time, Twitter should respect India’s sovereignty, and verify the contents it is circulating among the users.

Written by – Himadri Paul

Safe and Solace Internet

We all have got a lot more engaged on social media than in real society. Internet is undoubtedly a benefit for many things like communicating with anyone across the globe, reaching out to new people & talent, developing & presenting your skills, growing your market, online payments, selling & purchasing, surfing, and a lot than the mentioned things. We all have witnessed the importance of the internet in this lockdown period. Where everything was brought and began on social media platforms that use the internet as key access.

Many physical businesses and shops got shut due to the unexpected & uncommon covid-19 pandemic. And for fulfilling the quench of basic necessities, people with their amazing creativity & consistency made their way of earning through the internet. But along with all these advantages, there are many crucial drawbacks also. Online bullying, spreading negativity & hate comments, stealing someone’s data, misusing & misleading someone with their personal information, giving threats because of speaking or presenting something, playing with one’s emotions and the list goes on…!

This all can also lead to a loophole in one’s mental health. Effects of cyber-trafficking include Anger, Isolation, Humilation, Depression, and many severe mental problems also. We shall realize that the internet which has got invented as a boon for humankind shall not be drastically converted into a curse.
We all need to prevent poking in the privacy of others. Today, the second day of the second week of the second month is celebrated as World Safer internet day to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation., and we all hope to have a safe & Serene space for social media.

Here is a list of few solutions we all can look after,

  • To use our data over things which turns out helpful for us & others too.
  • Prioritize your interest and indulge in it.
  • No room for negativity.
  • Don’t plunge into someone’s private life much.
  • Avoid believing every single thing presented on the internet.
  • Read thoroughly any information before clicking on terms and conditions.
  • Check out the emails & messages well before forwarding them.
  • Do not click on spam click baits.
  • Do not fall into the trap of any fallacious email or forwarded message.
  • Do not unnecessarily forward everything.
  • Check whether the site is trustworthy before downloading anything directly into your device(because there have been cases where due to downloading a single picture the entire pc, laptop, the phone gets hacked)
  • Gain some knowledge about cyber trafficking.
  • Do not share your very personal & private with anyone on the internet.
  • Opt for safer banking & payment methods.
  • Keep a check on your device.
  • Do not click on any link from an unknown source.

Hoping & wishing for a little safer & smarter internet usage among the people of our generation Thank you.!