#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | Nearly 300 social media accounts on Kashmir police radar for ‘cyber bullying’

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Srinagar: Nearly 300 social media accounts are under scanner for allegedly being part of a group that indulges in cyber bullying in Kashmir, ThePrint has learnt.

Senior officers in the cyber unit of the Kashmir Police Friday said they are in the process of identifying the individuals who have been operating those social media accounts, and had summoned at least four persons to its Srinagar headquarters last week for questioning.

SP Tahir Ashraf, in-charge, Cyber Police, said 10 more individuals have been identified and will be summoned for questioning soon.

As a result of the investigations, Ashraf said, several of the 300 social media accounts had been deactivated by those operating them but the police have managed to secure screenshots and other online details of the accounts.

He also said the “cyber bullying” was not based “on political lines”.

Talking about the modus operandi of the group, Ashraf said: “We have been receiving many complaints of targetted harassment and threats. There is a group, which identifies one individual and collects all data about him/her. The data is sent to all members of the group, which coerces their target to post something on social media. If the target doesn’t agree, they are branded Indian stooges or Indian agents. The group has both girls and boys in it.”

Ashraf said the cyber unit has received more than 50 such complaints.

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