Srinagar, Apr 16, KNT: Cyber Police have arrested over 7 persons for uploading fake news reports on social media networking sites while a couple of offenders are still at large.
SP Cyber Police Tahir Ashraf told KNT that they have registered 8 FIR’s against those who have posted fake news reports and videos. He said these cases have been registered against offenders hailing from Handwara, Dooru, Srinagar, Beerwah, Sopore, Kupwara and other parts.
“Some people are using social media networking sites including facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter. Cyber Police Kashmir is monitoring all the profiles and the content being uploaded by the users. We are exploring the possibilities of invoking all the appropriate provisions of law available against such users,” he said.
SP Tahir Ashraf said they take prompt action whenever they find anyone misusing the social media. “One of the examples is morphed picture of Lal Chowk, Ghanta Ghar Srinagar was shown with the flag of Pakistan administered Kashmir uploaded on facebook,” he said adding that swift action was initiated against the user.
Divulging information about the misuse of social media, SP Tahir Ashraf told KNT that a user in Handwara had posted on WhatsApp that security forces killed two youth in fake encounter. “An old video in Srinagar was uploaded showing that 3 civilians were killed and 30 injured. In Beerwah, fake news was uploaded with regard to diagnosis of Covid-19 patient. In Kupwara, fake and manipulated contents of information displaying propaganda against administration and security forces were uploaded on Twitter. Similarly, some miscreants uploaded fabricated document related to record of proceedings of Supreme Court of India disclosing restoration of internet service,” he said adding that they are tracking both known and unknown users posting fake news reports and videos. (KNT)