‘Hate page will be blocked by Tuesday night’


MUMBAI: The web page ‘I hate Ambedkar’ on a popular social networking site was still up and running 24 hours after a mob went on rampage in Bandra and Khar. The city crime branch has written to the Central Emergency Response Team (CERT) in New Delhi asking the body to block the page, which was uploaded five days ago. “We are hoping the page will be blocked by Tuesday night,” said an officer.

The police have yet to identify the person who put up the page, but a case has been registered against the unknown party, said an official. The Khar police have registered a case of creating enmity between two communities against unidentified persons who uploaded the page on the web site.

Though the page is believed to have been put up on February 10, it was only on Monday night that Dr B R Ambedkar’s followers were alerted of its existence. The violence of the protests took the police by surprise. “Even the top hierarchy of the city police had no idea of the trouble that was brewing because of the webpage,” said a senior official with the crime branch.

Crime branch chief, Himanshu Roy, said: “We contacted CERT and Facebook on Monday night itself. We requested them to block the page. Both have asked for a formal court order copy. On Tuesday, we got an order from a magistrate court, scanned it and e-mailed it to them.”

“When we send a court order copy, a decision is taken immediately. We are hoping that CERT will first block the page in India. We will request Facebook to block the page globally,” said an officer with the cyber crime department.

The police are also tracking the person who created the page. “We should be able to identify the accused once we get the Internet Protocol address from the networking site’s server,” said an official. The police are confident that the creator of the profile page will be arrested in the coming days. TOI has learnt that the National Technology Research Organization-an anti-web crime organization under the National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office-is also looking into the case.

The social networking site has a ‘report abuse’ link for members who wish to bring any questionable content to the management. On the clicking the link, the user is given a series of reasons for why he or she wishes to report the page. One of the reasons listed is ‘contains hate speech or attacks an individual’.

The ” I hate Ambedkar” page has created uproar on the internet, with surfers conducting waging an online battle on other websites as well.

Read more: ‘Hate page will be blocked by Tuesday night’ – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Hate-page-will-be-blocked-by-Tuesday-night/articleshow/7504883.cms#ixzz1E74m7pEZ

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