Govt steps up to police anti-women posts on social networks

Bengaluru: The government on Wednesday started taking action to order a ban and removal of social media allegedly targeting ‘Hindu women’ on the back of Mumbai police arresting and detaining two people in connection with the Bulli Bai app case.

Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnau on Wednesday morning responded to a post by Twitter user Anshul Saxena, saying that the controversial Telegram channel had been blocked and that the government was working with state police authorities to ensure action was taken.

“Blocked channel. Government of India is coordinating with police authorities of countries to take action,” Vaishnau tweeted.

The Minister of State for Information Technology and Electronics, Rajiv Chandrasekhar, also shared a response to another post by Saxena that included four links to Facebook pages allegedly targeting Hindu women, stating that Meta, a Facebook parent, would be asked to remove the pages.

“I directed the @GoI_MeitY team to report and remove Meta,” Chandrasekhar tweeted in response to another Twitter user tagged in Saxena’s post.

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The government’s move to remove social media channels and groups targeting women comes shortly after Mumbai police arrested a 21-year-old student in Bengaluru and an 18-year-old woman from Uttarakhand in connection with the Bulli Bai app.

The Mumbai police had filed their first media report (FIR) after complaints that diverted images of hundreds of Muslim women had been uploaded in an “auction” on the app hosted on GitHub with the intent of degrading and harassing them.

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