Police warns against 'misuse' of social media
Jammu & Kashmir

Police warns against 'misuse' of social media

Agency News

Srinagar, Apr 17: Jammu and Kashmir police has warned of strict action against those ‘misusing’ social media with fake and anonymous names, saying that it is monitoring all the profiles and the content being uploaded.

Police has registered eight FIRs and arrested six people for ‘misusing social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

A police officer on Friday said that Cyber Police Station Kashmir receives lot of reports regarding misuse of social media sites, particularly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, besides other by the miscreants with fake and anonymous names.

“The Cyber Police Kashmir is monitoring all the profiles and the content being uploaded by the users. Cyber Police Station is also exploring the possibilities of invoking all the appropriate provisions of law available against such users,” he said.

He said the anonymity of the profiles of users is of no defence and police can track them and bring them to face the law. “Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone, Srinagar has also started awareness programme to aware the general public for best use of social media,” he said.

Whenever, any information with regard to misuse of social media is observed, a prompt response/action is taken by the Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone. “On April 14, 2020, a fake news was uploaded on Facebook wherein a morphed picture of Lalchowk Gantaghar Srinagar was shown with a flag of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). After registering a case accused was immediately identified and arrested,” he said.

The official said during the recent monitoring and patrolling of various social media platforms some of the users were found posting fake news, fake documents, incriminating / hateful posts and posts to glorify terrorists or promote terrorist’s ideologies by using fake identity. “These kinds of posts not only destabilize the social fabric and disturb order in the society, but also escalate terrorist activities,” he said.

He said on the identification of such posts, action under relevant sections of law was initiated and FIRs were registered at various Police Stations and Cyber Police Station of Kashmir Zone, Srinagar respectively.

“In the recent past, eight FIRs have been registered and six accused have been arrested, out of them one stands bailed out,” he said, adding others identified accused are yet to be arrested and efforts are on to arrest them.(UNI)