In a significant development, the Manipur police has instructed all districts to set up a “social media cell” to monitor posts on various social media platform, for any “unlawful content” that could have “detrimental effects on law and order“.
The order was issued by Manipur police to curb unlawful content which mostly circulate on various social media platform.
Manipur police issued an order on July 15 and dispatched to all the district Superintendents of Police (SP). The Additional DGP Manipur (Intelligence) asked members to “continuously monitor all posts/uploads/comments posted in all dialects of Manipur” and submit a fortnightly report on the findings, to him.
Meanwhile, the Manipur police has initiated this system to control the unlawful content circulating on social media and creating disturbances in the minds of the people.
It is noted that, Manipur police had already set up its social media cell following an order of Director General of police, Manipur in 2020.
“In recent times, various unlawful content is publishing in various social media platform and circulating false and fabricated things to creat confusion among the citizens. So, we have decided to check every activity on social media to control such malicious and unlawful content,” said a highly placed police source.
“The ADGP instructed all the district SPs to establish social media monitoring cells in their respective units “immediately” if they had not earlier, and that “prompt legal action should be taken whenever required,” the circular stated.
Recently, many social activists and journalist of Manipur went to jail for criticising Biren Singh led government.