Taking in to account growing incidents of use of social media for fomenting communal tension and to prevent such incidents by quick reaction on the part of the Government, Maharashtra Government has requested the Union Government for starting a branch of Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Mumbai.
Speaking to media persons after addressing the Western Maharashtra convention of the party workers Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday informed that last week, he has send a letter to Union Home Minister in this regard. Replying to a question on use of social media for fomenting communal tension, Chavan said, `use of social media for such things is increasing and miscreants put morphed photographs or distorted images hurting the feelings of a community or insulting a historic personality there by creating tension in the society and opening the branch of CERT in Mumbai would help the state to take immediate action in this regard.'
Chavan told that generally after objectionable matter or picture appears on a website or social media, the site can be blocked but the procedure for the same is lengthy. He told that the recent incidents in Palghar or Mumbai, Hadapsar this issue was discussed. He said that since the servers are abroad and Government is required to approach the other countries and for this if we have CERT branch in Mumbai we can do it faster so that communal atmosphere is not vitiated.