Crackdown on Social Media

In order to keep track of ‘anti-social’ elements on the social networking sites in Valley, police has reportedly created fake ids. The development has come in order to prevent the recurrence of mass-uprisings of 2008 and 2010-during which the social network especially Facebook was widely used to mobilize the youth.

The development has triggered fear among the thousands of social networking sites’ users in the Valley. Many ardent pro-separatist users feel worried about his safety. many are thinking of deactivating their account on Facebook as they fear for my life now. They don’t want their parents to bear the brunt of their activities and make rounds of Police stations to seek freedom.

Others have opted the safer route of deleting unknown people from their accounts. One of my friends, a staunch supporters of independence has deleted over 1000 friends on Facebook.

He used to brag about having thousand friends, but after he heard that Police was on a look-out for people espousing separatism, he deleted most of his friends and retained only those whom he knew personally. Pertinently, police had earlier this year claimed to have arrested 35 administrators of anti-India pages on Facebook for “stoking unrest” in the state. However, the news was termed “baseless” by the administrators of the same pages who continue to update their pages. Nadeem Ahmad Srinagar via email

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