Focus on social media at US and India police chiefs’ meet

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SummaryThe Indian police chiefs discussed how riots and exodus of people were caused.

Police chiefs from US and India attending a meet to share technology, experience and information to make cities safer expressed concern over social media, which though growing robustly, often got misused as a tool to spread potentially destructive information.

The Indian police chiefs discussed how riots and exodus of people were caused by misuse of social media platforms in 2012.

Chief of Aurora police in the US Daniel Oates who had on the opening day of the meet discussed the attack in a movie theatre in Colarado in 2012, said, “We are witnessing robust dimension on social media. The progress is across the globe. But there are problems of formulation and dissemination of inaccurate information, which have the potential of destruction.”

The police chiefs discussed various aspects of social media, shared their experiences and countering dissemination of potentially destructive information. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh police had concluded that the Muzaffarnagar riots were instigated by a “doctored” video circulated through social media platforms.

Indian agencies also raised concern over the sharing of real-time intelligence information on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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