The Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police has registered an FIR against major social media platforms like Whatsapp, Twitter and Tik-Tok for containing anti-CAA content that is leading to communal tension between Hindus and Muslims.
A complaint in this regard was filed by a man named Srishailam at the cybercrime police station in Hyderabad. In his complaint, he claimed that activities of these social media platforms are highly objectionable as per the law of the land. A case was then registered against WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and other social media platforms under sections 153A, 121 A, 124, 124 A, 294, 295 A, 505, and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act.
He also alleged that in the name of ‘freedom of speech’, some anti-social elements launched social media campaigns against CAA. He said that these anti-social elements are collaborating with social media operators to circulate unverified videos and messages.
According to him, such content is damaging national integration and communal harmony. Srishailam also claimed that to propagate their hidden agenda, these people are using the various social media platforms to circulate messages and videos in several languages, including English, Urdu, Arabic, Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi among others to have a greater reach.
The complainant said, “TikTok users posting videos of protests were shooting videos not so long ago of themselves dancing and cracking jokes on Indian leaders apart from playing pranks to insult sovereignty of India.”
These platforms have been sent a legal notice and further investigation is underway.