With the essential 2021 meeting polls approaching, the Mamata Banerjee authorities in West Bengal has began getting ready for a battle towards fake news and rumours that could be circulated by social networking websites and micro-running a blog websites to challenge the ruling Trinamool Congress in a nasty mild.
The chief minister had just lately requested the Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police to strengthen their cyber-crime cells to deal with complaints of cybercrime at highest precedence. The state felony investigation division (CID) has already give you a cyber-forensics and digital proof examination laboratory.
“Cybercrime has increased. We have to strengthen the cybercrime cell. All police stations need to be more alert when it comes to cybercrime. There should not be any dilly-dallying. Tackling cyber-crime is our priority,” Banerjee had stated whereas addressing a program to watch Police Day on September 8.
The warning got here after a social media submit, saying that the state authorities has imposed a number of restrictions throughout Durga Puja, was circulated. A number of individuals had been arrested after the chief minister directed the police to crack down.
During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and polls in 4 state assemblies, the election fee of India (ECI) noticed greater than 154 situations of fake news or misinformation on social media platforms. In the final 5 months alone greater than 250 individuals had been arrested from throughout West Bengal for posting and forwarding allegedly dangerous fake news and rumours.
In West Bengal simply earlier than the Lok Sabha polls, a whole newspaper web page of a vernacular each day was picture-shopped to unfold fake news wherein Mamata Banerjee was quoted saying that she would present tips on how to make Hindus cry if she wins all 42 seats within the state.
“The chief minister has asked to explore options if students from IIT and various universities could be roped in to do internships at the cyber-crime cells of the state police. All police stations have been asked to tackle all complaints of cybercrime and potentially harmful fake news on a priority basis,” stated a senior police officer.
The chief minister had just lately launched a veiled assault on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT cell hinting that it was behind some such fake posts and rumors.
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“We are not fighting a lollipop match. We are fighting an election and we would do whatever it takes to fight the BJP, both on the ground and in the virtual world, to counter their fake new and rumours,” stated Derek O’Brien TMC’s Rajya Sabha chief and nationwide spokesperson.
On August 31, the TMC had despatched a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, complaining that lots of of accounts of TMC supporters on the social networking website and on WhatsApp have been eliminated. In one other letter, the get together wrote that the blocking of pages and accounts factors to the hyperlink between Facebook and BJP.
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“Mamata Banerjee knows very well that she is losing ground and that’s why she is coming up with new ways to harass and implicate BJP workers and supporters. Our party workers are being either implicated in false cases or murdered. But none of her tactics would work as people of Bengal have come to see her true face,” stated Rahul Sinha, nationwide secretary of the BJP.