May 10, 2016 3:39:37 am
Delhi Police Special Cell has decided to open a ‘social media monitoring cell’, which would not be ‘intrusive’ but keep tabs on sensitive and provocative content to check any negative fallout.
The decision comes close on the heels of an alleged Islamic State-inspired jihadist cell being busted and the arrest of three persons. The three persons arrested are suspected to have ideological leanings towards the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said, “The idea of a making a new unit has been approved by the Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma. Our officers will first track down youths who are radicalised through social media and are in the early stages, then they will first start monitoring the activities of these persons and will provide counselling to them.”
“The cell will have counselling facilities We are in touch with several counsellors and cyber experts. Once tracked, the youths will be counselled by experts, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and community leaders, in the right way and within the right time,” he added.
According to another senior police officer, “Delhi Police have observed that most of the people were radicalised in the name of religion and their handlers approached them with the help of social networking sites.”
This is not a first attempt by Delhi Police to try and set up a cell to monitor social media content. After communal tension engulfed Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh, Delhi Police were in talks with social media monitoring companies, said sources. Bengaluru and Mumbai Police have dedicated centres to analyse content of various social media websites, the sources added.
The Special Cell’s special unit to monitor online content is expected to start in a month, said a source. “The monitoring wouldn’t be intrusive and it will monitor openly available content related to the city,” the source added.
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