Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari has been booked by the Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with a case over a distorted map of India on the micro-blogging platform.
The FIR was lodged at the Khurja Nagar police station in Bulandshahr district on Monday evening on the basis of a complaint by an office-bearer of right wing Bajrang Dal.
Along with Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari, the FIR names News Partnerships Head Amrita Tripathi as accused who have been booked under Indian Penal Code section 505 (2) (public mischief).
Charges under Information Technology Act section 74 (publication for fraudulent purpose) have also been invoked in the case.
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
The map, which showed the Union Territories of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir outside India, was noticed on Twitter on Monday.
The map’s glaring distortion, which appeared on the career section of Twitter website under the header ‘Tweep Life’, triggered a heavy backlash from netizens as they demanded strict action against the microblogging platform that has flouted various rules on multiple occasions in the past.