Hyderabad: Social media trouble mongers appear to be putting in extra effort to increase the outreach of their social media accounts by posting defamatory and derogatory posts.
In the last one month, the cybercrime police, particularly in Hyderabad, received around six complaints against several Facebook pages wherein it was alleged that a few persons were posting defamatory content against different persons.
“Since the lockdown, more complaints are coming to us. People are resorting to all kinds of mischief on social media. Few of the pages we suspect are maintained by sympathisers of political parties also,” said an official of Hyderabad Cybercrime.
In mid-June, Mohd Irfan, social media member of AIMIM party made a complaint against some persons who were managing at least six community pages on Facebook and making derogatory posts against AIMIM leaders. A similar complaint was made last week by another party social media cell member Mohd Tauseef against a Facebook page.
Another such complaint was made at Hussainialam police station wherein the person morphed the picture of Charminar MLA Mumtaz Ahmed Khan and circulated it on social media.
KVM Prasad, ACP, Cyber Crime, Hyderabad, said that since the lockdown they have received many complaints of trolling through social media platforms. “We are registering cases and taking up investigation. At the same time we are writing to the companies to deactivate the social media accounts,” he said.
In fact, the police had arrested one social worker for allegedly making derogatory comments against a woman YouTuber who later attempted suicide. A case was registered against the social worker at Chandrayangutta.
The police had warned of strict action against those resorting to rabble rousing or mischief on social media. “A special team is keeping a watch on the social media platforms and registering suo moto cases also,” the police officials said.