After the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for the assembly election went into effect on November 3, the city and state police cybercrime cells added extra shifts and began monitoring social media 24 hours a day. Ahmedabad Cybercrime DCP Ajit Rajian stated that a dedicated helpline had been set up where complaints of MCC violations would be forwarded and action taken.
The police are also keeping a close eye on paid and promoted social media content, as well as bulk messages sent through telephone provider services, which are barred while the MCC is in effect. According to Rajian, the cybercrime team is also surveilling any and all attempts to spread lies and false news via social media that could have an impact on election results. The police will act on their own initiative as well as on complaints from political parties and private citizens.
The CID’s State Cybercrime Cell said its team of personnel and volunteers are working round-the-clock to have false and misleading content removed from social media platforms. While no major complaints or misleading posts have been observed so far, DySP BM Tank said, “We have removed content hurtful to religious sentiments and those posts promoting enmity between groups.” The state police also held meetings with internet service providers to ensure cooperation in the smooth conduct of elections.
People can call on Cybercrime helpline number 1930 or call WhatsApp number 99988 97227 for any inflammatory, objectionable material posted on social media that violates the Model Code of Conduct.