Maharashtra Closes In On Trolls For Harassing Social Media Users

Cyber criminals are misusing social media to harass individuals, stated Anil Deshmukh. (Representational)

Nagpur:

The police will deal sternly with Web “trolls”, Maharashtra Residence Minister Anil Deshmukh stated on Saturday.

Cyber criminals are misusing social media to harass harmless individuals, and preventive motion will probably be taken in opposition to such parts, he stated, addressing a press convention.

Motion will probably be taken in opposition to trolls (those that put up abusive, scurrilous or threatening messages on social media platforms) below Part 107 of the Code of Legal Process and they are going to be requested to signal a bond, he stated.

Underneath this provision, an government Justice of the Peace can take a bond from an individual to make sure that she or he doesn’t take pleasure in any mischief or “breach of peace”.

“In the event that they once more take pleasure in cyber trolling, extra stringent motion will probably be initiated for violating the bond,” the minister stated.

On the problem of faux social media followers rackets, he stated 66 First Info Stories have been registered within the state in such circumstances.

Selling an individual’s social media profile by creating faux followers has turn into new enterprise, Deshmukh stated, including that a number of Public Relations (PR) businesses which offer such companies are on the police’s radar.

Mumbai police are at the moment probing one such racket and have questioned a number of individuals together with rapper Badshah.

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