As a lot of content being generated and created is in local languages, vernacular mediators have been asked to be extra careful. “We are mostly concentrating on local language posts from states where the protests are happening. Till Monday afternoon, we flagged and removed as many as 2,500 fake news
and communal items,” said a mediator with a major vernacular social media platform who, at the moment, is solely concentrating on posts on Assam protests.
According to information technology ministry officials, misuse of these portals has been immense, given their popularity in smaller cities and towns. With many there only recently acquainted with the technology, their susceptibility to fake news
is thought to be more.
Various state police forces as well as their counterparts in Delhi are keeping a lookout on social media posts to clamp down on anything they believe is either communal or incendiary. Delhi Police
on Monday said they were keeping an eye on social media platforms and are in touch with all these firms to ensure that such news can be taken down quickly.
“We have had several conversations with officials at these companies.
We have requested them to immediately take down any type of social media post that might create a law and order problem. We have been assured that they will do the needful,” said a senior Delhi Police
official. Some firms are trying to figure out if more manpower would be needed. “We haven’t started monitoring posts or videos yet, but our teams are always on the lookout for any content that may incite violence or lead to an adverse situation. We will consider additional manpower if required but our teams are able to manage the current situation,” said an executive at a large social media firm, who did not wish to be named.