108 social media accounts blocked for inciting public with malicious content: Punjab Police

Punjab Police has got 108 social media accounts — 38 Facebook, 49 Twitter and 21 YouTube accounts — blocked by responsible authorities for spreading false propaganda on organ trade during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Giving out this information, DGP Dinkar Gupta said: “A total of 151 accounts/links of Facebook, 100 of Twitter, four of Instagram and 37 of YouTube have been reported to the concerned Facebook, Twitter and Google authorities.”

He added that 12 FIRs have been registered so far at various police stations across Punjab against culprits inciting public with malicious content.

Gupta said the responsible authorities of the concerned social media platforms had also been requested to provide information of users. “Suitable legal action will be initiated against the miscreants under the relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Indian Penal Code as soon as the user information is received,” he added.

According to Punjab Bureau of Investigation Director Arpit Shukla, the Cyber Crime Cell, Punjab, has also appealed to people not to share any kind of unverified/unauthentic posts, news, videos or stories regarding COVID on social media platforms, in the interest of the safety, security and maintenance of public order.

The Chief Minister has repeatedly expressed concern over the loss of lives resulting from delayed testing as people lured by these fake posts/videos are not going for testing and treatment to hospitals, an official spokesperson pointed out.

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