Union IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar today issued a pointed warning to WhatsApp after the messaging platform posted a graphic on its Twitter handle showing an inaccurate map of India.
To highlight India in the world, the map omits Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and some Indian territories claimed by China.
In a “request” to WhatsApp to rectify this, the minister said in a quote-tweet: “All platforms doing business in India and/or intending to continue doing business in India, must use correct maps.”
Mr. Chandrasekhar tagged Meta, the company that owns WhatsApp among other platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
It was within hours of WhatsApp sending the tweet — broadcasting its multi-location livestream on New Year’s Eve — that the minister noticed and addressed Metta around 4 p.m.
The original tweet by WhatsApp was yet to be taken down, when this report was written at 5.30 pm.
Misrepresentation of Indian territory can lead to a police case and the law also provides for jail terms.
India has previously expressed displeasure against the company and other organizations, even the World Health Organization, for using inaccurate maps, particularly for depicting Kashmir.
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