City youth arrested for posting hate messages on social media | Jaipur News

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Jaipur: In a first, the social media analysis cell of Jaipur police arrested a 19-year-old youth for posting inflammatory comments on social media.
Rahul Soni, a resident of Brahmpuri, was arrested after the police analysed social media feeds across different platforms and found that his post was fast gaining traction, and drawing comments and likes in large numbers.
Additional commissioner of police (crime) Santosh Kumar Chalke told TOI that the accused has been arrested under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) and other relevant provisions of the IT Act.
“We are keeping a tab over people who are trying to disrupt the communal harmony in Jaipur. Strict action will be taken against them,” he added.
The Jaipur police’s control room has a special dedicated unit that analyses social media platforms, especially You Tube, Facebook and Twitter. “We have special software and tools which automatically discern inciting or vitriolic comments and photographs fast spreading on cyber space. The keywords help us filter out the user who posted the comment,” said additional commissioner (law and order) Ajay Pal Lamba.
The police said that the people who commented on Soni’s post as a mark of support are also under the scanner.
“We are willing to give benefit of doubt to people who pressed like button may be due to mistake, but those who deliberately commented to support him are also equally responsible for the crime,” Lamba told TOI.
The accused was arrested by Special Offences and Cyber Crime (SOCC) police station of Jaipur commissionerate.
SHO Sanjay Kumar Arya is interrogating the accused and seized Soni’s mobile phone for evidence.
The police informed TOI that the accused was an avid follower of multiple fake news websites and social media pages.
“He spent most of his time on his mobile phones, shuffling through a barrage of fake and malicious news alerts. The plethora of misinformation really turned him into a very bitter person, which reflected on his social media posts,” an official told TOI on the condition of anonymity.

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