October 13, 2016
Chennai: Fake visuals and false news regarding chief minister J Jayalalithaa’ health condition that were going viral on social networks have slowed down considerably after the crackdown ordered by the Tamil Nadu government.
The TN police’s sustained campaign against rumor mongers, especially on the social media whose reach has permeated to every nook and corner of the country and abroad, has begun to show results.
On Thursday too, the Tamil Nadu police arrested two more persons for spreading false information on CM’s health.
The two persons had shared posts on facebook commenting on the issue. The two have been identified as Thirumani Selvam (28) from Tuticorin, who works with a bank and Balasundaram alias Balu from Pammal in the city, an accountant with a private firm. The have been remanded in judicial custody.
In a related development, a resident of Ashok Nagar in Chennai lodged a complaint against social activist ‘Traffic Ramaswamy’ alias K R Ramaswamy and Fathima for allegedly spreading rumours about the health of Chief Minister.
So far 52 complaints have been registered and four persons arrested for rumor mongering, police said.
The AIADMK wing had lodged formal complaints against specific individuals and handed over their IP addresses to the cyber crime cell, that led the investigations and zeroed in on the culprits.
Said an official of AIADMK IT wing, the action has arrested the spread of wild rumors, which to a large extent were being generated by the opposition parties that wanted to create a chaos and benefit politically from it.
Many people have voluntarily withdrawn comments, apologized and promised not to indulge in such things again.
Mostly there are people who want to seek attention by doing such acts. But a majority of the rumor mongers are from opposition parties, the party official who monitors social media 24X7 said.
The police campaign has begun to make a difference as incidence has certainly come down, he said.