WhatsApp shares distorted map of India; Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar demands immediate action

New Delhi: On Saturday, State Minister for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Meta-owned WhatsApp to immediately fix an incorrect map of India in a live-streaming link for New Year celebrations. The minister reiterated that all social media his platforms doing business in India must use the correct map.

Chandrasekhar said, “Dear WhatsApp, please fix the India map error ASAP. All platforms doing business in India and/or wishing to continue doing business in India must use the correct map. There is.”

Earlier this week, he told Eric Yuan, founder and CEO of video calling platform Zoom, that the company was using the correct maps for the countries in which it operates or wants to do business. I warned you to check.

“You might want to make sure you’re using the correct map for the country you’re doing/want to do business with,” he told Yuan.

Zoom’s CEO later deleted a tweet showing a map of the wrong country. Chandrasekhar recently spoke about complying with laws, regulations and guardrails for all social media platforms in the country.

“I don’t think who is at the top of Twitter is the most important debate. It’s institutional,” the minister said on Twitter.

The minister was responding to a tweet by Twitter CEO Elon Musk when he launched a poll on his microblogging website asking millions of users: ‘Should I step down as head of Twitter? rice field.

In one of his tweets, Musk asked, “Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will follow the results of this poll.”

In October this year, the government passed a rule establishing an appeals panel to remedy complaints that users may have about the decisions of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook about hosting controversial content. was notified.

Whereas the previous obligations of intermediaries were limited to informing users of the rules, the new rules impose clearer obligations on the platform.