Shillong: Meghalaya Police admitted that the disseminators of ‘fake news’ are way ahead of them in terms of technological and other logistical aspects. This observation was made by the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) H Nongpluh at a workshop on “Social Media and Fake News’ here on Tuesday. “While clear instructions have been given to check the spread of fake news, we continue to face the brunt of the criminal intent of people with tech background,” he said.
Nonpluh said, “These criminals are not only one step ahead of us but many steps ahead because they work night and day to plug all the loopholes to our endeavor to counter and negate them”. The ADGP was referring to his recent experience in cyber crimes where he learnt that only five per cent of the web is visble and the rest is not in the tracking domain.
The ADGP also highlighted the difficulties in forbidding fake news originating from outside the country. “When a fake Facebook account of the then Chief Minister was traced, it was in the United States of America. Our pursuits failed the moment the service provider said that your laws and our laws are not the same”.
The consultant of the Meghalya Police, Salik Khan said, “Fake news is not a plumbing issue. It should be a sustained campaign to make people learn to differentiate between the right and the wrong”. He further said that there is no technology that could stop fake news through social media.
The one-day workshop at the police headquarter was attended by all the top officials.