Parliament Panel Accepts Twitter’s Apology Over ‘Ladakh in China’ Gaffe

The Indian Army sets up upgraded living facilities for troops in eastern Ladakh

The panel had questioned Twitter officials for almost two hours in a meeting held on 28 October after its geo-tagging feature displayed "Jammu & Kashmir, the People's Republic of China" in a live broadcast from Leh's Hall of Fame, a war memorial for fallen soldiers in Ladakh.

Social media giant Twitter has apologised to a parliamentary panel for showing a northern Himalayan region as part of China, promising to make corrections by month-end, the panel's chief said on Wednesday.

Acknowledging the Centre's letter, Twitter in its reply had said that the company is committed to work with the Indian government and respect the sensitivities involved.

In its affidavit submitted before the parliamentary panel, Twitter is believed to have said the issue was "caused due to a software error combined with imperfect data resulting in an incorrect geo-tag".

Last year, the Indian Parliament passed a law to carve out Ladakh, the capital of Leh, as a central government-controlled territory, separate from the rest of Jammu and Kashmir, which was also designated as a federal region.

The 30-member committee was unanimous in its criticism of Twitter, with most members supporting a proposal for strict government action against the social media platform. "We would also like to apologise for any sentiments that were hurt because of this error", it added. BJP MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, a member of the JPC, also tweeted his disapproval over Twitter's actions.

Nuclear-armed India and China fought a brief but bloody border war in 1962, and are now locked in a months-long military stand-off along their contested Himalayan border that includes the region of Ladakh.

A joint statement issued after the talks said both sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and take forward the discussions for the settlement of outstanding issues.

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