Amid the ongoing row over azaan and the use of loudspeakers in state mosques and following recent communal clashes, the cybercaller wants to ban the social media accounts of ‘fake organizations’ using transformed photos and deep forgery technology to spread community discord.”
Maharashtra’s cyber cell has proposed to block 22 different social media accounts for ‘spreading community discord’ amid ongoing row over azaan and use of loudspeakers in state mosques, as well that following recent communal clashes in some states, including Maharashtra itself, news agency ANI reported.
“In the wake of the current atmosphere, we have started looking for accounts spreading community disharmony content,” Maharashtra Cyber Cell (SP) Superintendent Sanjay Shintre told ANI.
Shintre said most of these accounts belong to “fake organizations that use tweaked photos, lots of editing, and fake deep tech to spread community discord.”
Yesterday, the Maharashtra Police announced a list of measures they would take to maintain community peace and harmony. “Those found making provocative speeches will be arrested. Guidelines on media reporting on such issues may also come,” reads the police statement shared by ANI.
Controversy over the azaan and the use of loudspeakers erupted earlier this month when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray raised the issue during a public address at the festival. Gudi Padwa. Thackeray warned that if no action is taken by the state government, members of his party would play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers outside mosques.
In his final remarks, the MNS leader gave an ‘ultimatum’ to the Maharashtra government to remove loudspeakers from all mosques by May 3, the end of Ramzan. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut responded to Raj Thackeray last week saying “everything will be done according to the law of the land”.
With ANI inputs