The cyber cell of the Madhya Pradesh police will soon set up the state’s first social media security lab in Bhopal to keep an eye on provocative posts, graphics and terror tracks, special director general of police (Cyber) Rajendra Kumar said on Thursday.
The lab will be built at the cost of Rs 10 lakh. It will initially be manned by four police officials. The operations and manpower will be expanded after analyzing its result in the initial months of its launch, Kumar said.
Spurt in communally sensitive posts in the state
The decision to this effect has been taken following a spurt in communally sensitive posts in the state. Such labs are already operating in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata.
Kumar said the software was equipped to monitor secret rave party invitations through Facebook and social media groups and help the police establish an interactive connect with the youth.
Software will help police track most trending posts on popular social media platforms
“The social media security laboratory will help police keep a tab on the social media activities and track terror threats and ISIS trending. The software in the laboratory will help us track the most trending words or posts on popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter which probably had the potential of flaring up any type of communal tensions in the state,” Kumar said.
The police have arrested seven men during the past six months allegedly for circulating communally sensitive messages and posts on social media platforms including Facebook and Whatsapp, the police said.
On July 5, a 17-year-old boy was arrested in Jhabua district for allegedly posting “we’ll build Babri mosque in Modi’s house” on Facebook.
In another incident, two men were arrested in Betul district for allegedly circulating a communally sensitive message on a Whatsapp group.