Maharashtra Police's Cyber department have their eyes on social media to curb COVID-19 rumours

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 2 July 2020

The Special Inspector General of Police of Maharashtra Cyber Cell has issued a circulator related to keeping tap of rumours and incorrect information on the pandemic and for good maintaining law and order.

Pune: The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on the police force who are on toes patrolling and performing duties round the clock to maintain law and order. At the same time, there are citizens busy creating panic on social media by spreading misinformation. Maharashtra's Cyber cell is monitoring social media across the state and so far have arrested eight people in the last two days in four different cases.

The lockdown period saw 514 cases being registered in the Maharashtra State Cyber cell during with 273 being arrested.

The Special Inspector General of Police of Maharashtra Cyber Cell has issued a circulator related to keeping tap of rumours and incorrect information on the pandemic and for good maintaining law and order.
 
He said that there had been cases registered at Bashirkatali police station in Akola district on Wednesday. The suspects in the crime had shared on social media a post containing the racist remarks. As these posts were objectionable, they could create issues of law and order in this critical situation, and the police took immediate action. 

Various offences have been registered under the IPC along with the Information Technology Act. The offences include sharing offensive messages, objectionable posters, videos, tweet posts.

Against Facebook posts, there have been some 214 complains registered, against TikTok there were 28 cases, 11 cases for offensive tweets and four for on the incorrect post on Instagram. Objectionable content on YouTube and other social media saw 60 criminal cases registered while around 108 offensive posts from social media were removed.

Nowadays, many people, especially senior citizens, are ordering medicines via various online through apps. Before ordering medication through such an app, make sure that the app is safe to use and then use it.

Avoid storing bank account number, debit/credit card number and their PIN on any app. Also, when the medicines ordered from that app come home for the delivery, make sure that the drugs you ordered and the medication that came for delivery are the same.

If you have been cheated on such a website or app, report it to the nearest police station. Maharashtra Cyber Department has appealed to register your complaint on the website www.cybercrime.gov.in

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