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‘Will present Pak proof of web hate’

Northeast: More sites,social networking accounts blocked

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 20, 2012 9:42:19 pm

As it continued to block web pages and social media accounts used to spread hate messages,the government Monday said it would confront Islamabad with evidence that much of this online content was being uploaded from Pakistan.

Islamabad had rejected New Delhi’s allegation that its online community was involved in spreading communal hatred in India by circulating morphed images and videos. The Pakistan foreign office had described the Indian claims as “baseless and unfounded”.

But Home Secretary R K Singh said Monday that the government was ready to share all evidence it had to show that Internet users in Pakistan were behind the circulation of such content.

An official source said both Google and Facebook had told the government that a majority of the web pages and links that it had blocked were outside “Indian jurisdiction”,meaning their content had been uploaded from outside India. According to this source,Facebook has told the government that every link on its site,barring two,sought to be blocked had originated outside the country.

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The government Monday ordered the blocking of 89 more web pages and user accounts,taking the total number of pages blocked to 245. These pages were found to be spreading hate against people from the Northeast by circulating fake images and videos of the alleged persecution of Muslims in Myanmar. The images were linked to the recent violence in Assam,and triggered panic among people from the Northeast.

A team of senior officers from the ministries of home,drinking water,health,rural development,food and the Planning Commission has been asked to visit Assam from Tuesday to assess relief and rehabilitation work. The officials will visit relief camps between August 21 and 23,in which over two lakh people continue to live.

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