If you are in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, and want to tag the location of your tweet you can’t.
After completing a tweet, when you click on the “location” tag on your smartphone’s Twitter application and try searching “Jammu and Kashmir”, there are no results shown with the country part of the address being “India”.
When you search Jammu and Kashmir, the options for you are either “Jammu and Kashmir, People’s Republic of China” or “Jammu, Pakistan”. On the other hand if you search “Kashmir” on the location tag option you will again get two options either “Jammu and Kashmir, People’s Republic of China” or “Azad Kashmir Province, Pakistan”.
If you search Srinagar, on the other hand, you do get a search result saying “Srinagar, India” but that’s probably not the tag for Srinagar in J-K because if you let Twitter search for your location automatically using your GPS -- while you are in Srinagar -- it comes up with a response “Unable to find your location”. It can be noted that In Uttarakhand, there is a town called Srinagar. In most locations, where the GPS facility of your smartphone functions smoothly, the correct location is automatically picked up by Twitter.
On the other hand, even if you are searching for any address, take any other Indian state -- from Assam to Kerala -- the very first search location search result on Twitter is “Assam, India” or “Kerala, India”.
The government said the matter will be taken up with the micro-blogging site. “I am sure this will be taken up,” external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters.
Reacting to the issue, a Twitter spokesperson on Thursday evening told Hindustan Times, “We are not commenting on it, but working to resolve the issue.”
(With PTI inputs)