In a bid to check the hate posts on social media, that disrupting the peace in Uttar Pradesh and leads to clashes between religious groups due to the posted material.
The Digital Volunteers were appointed by the police department to virtually vigil the objectionable posts on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Instagram, Google Plus and other social networking sites of the kind, and make sure people do not get carried away by such provocations.
Strict action will be taken against the one who post those kind of things. Inspector of police (Law and Order) A Satish Ganesh said that tech-savy people who usually active on social media are being appointed in this team as volunteers and the idea was floated to pre-empt a repeat of the communal violence triggered by a hate post in Bareilly, Firozabad and Moradabad districts recently.
A month ago, due to a similar post on Whatsapp, tension prevailed in Saharanpur. Other than sensitive posts, the volunteers will look for fundamentalist propaganda pushed by the Islamic State terror group and other jihadi organisations.
The home ministry had recently directed the state government to block radical material posted by the Islamic State on social networking sites and the police have set up two laboratories Social media command and Research center at DIG office in Meerut and STF office in Lucknow to handle such cases. The police technical wing has set up a WhatsApp Surveillance cell (9454401002), through which people can inform authorities about provocative posts whenever they come across one.