Home Ministry reviews social media monitoring measures

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday held a meeting to discuss measures against malicious content appearing on social media.

The meeting discussed effective measures to be taken by the law enforcement agencies to tackle the security challenges being posed by terrorists, militants and also individuals propagating child pornography using the social media platforms like WhatApp and Telegram.

The WhatsApp and other messaging services, the calls or messages are end to end encrypted by the service providers and it is very difficult to decode or trace the messages or calls.

The meeting also discussed steps to enhance coordination among the law enforcement agencies, Department of Telecom (DoT), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) to Block and remove malicious content under section 69 and 79 of the IT Act.

“It was decided that law enforcement agencies will closely coordinate with MEITY to ensure that the action to block the content on social media platforms is taken in a timely manner” a Home Ministry statement said.

Recently, the arrested terrorists, involved in Nagrota Army Camp attack in 2016, had revealed to investigation agencies that they were in touch with the perpetrators of Jaish-e- Mohammad in Pakistan and got directions from WhatsApp calls.

“Intelligence agencies have laid special emphasis on monitoring the social networking websites. Various groups are using different messaging services like WhatsApp or such tools available on the Internet to propagate online radicalisation and propaganda that lead to disturb the law and order situation in the states specially in Jammu and Kashmir,” Ministry officials said.

“This will be followed by a meeting with the representatives of social media platforms for compliance”, the officials added.


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