Madhya Pradesh will soon set up a social media laboratory to monitor happenings on Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms, a top police official said on Tuesday.
If everything goes as per plan, the laboratory will come up this year and will bring the state cyber police on parallel with a few other cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.
“The Madhya Pradesh cyber police are ahead of many other state police forces on many fronts. And the proposed social media lab will definitely add teeth to the state police force,” said additional inspector general (cyber police) Vijay Khatri.
In this tech-savvy world where social media has become a part of people’s life, criminals are taking to online platforms to commit crimes, said Khatri.
The social media lab will be a great help to the police in nabbing such criminals, he said.
But the exercise will not be easy as tracking the origin of provocative or communally sensitive messages on social media platforms is time-consuming, the additional inspector general said.
“It also consumes a lot of manpower. But once this laboratory is established, the police would be able to do that work in less time than taken at present,” said Khatri.
The state cyber police have about 225 officials with their cells at Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore and Ujjain.
After the social media lab is set up, the cyber police will recruit more manpower. “The deployment of police officials in the lab will largely depend on its magnitude and the recruitment in existing vacancies,” said Khatri.