Abhishek Bachchan inaugurates India's first social media lab for police

   Mar 17, 12:10 pm

Mumbai, Mar 17 (ANI): Actor Abhishek Bachchan recently inaugurated India's first social media lab for the police in tinsel town Mumbai over the weekend.

Bachchan along with Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh did the honours at a function in Mumbai.

While addressing the mob, Bachchan congratulated Mumbai Police for starting this initiative and termed it as a 'progressive way to interact with the youth'.

"I think we all know that especially the youth of our generation is very active on social media, they use it as a new form of communication, a new form of expression. I think it is a great step taken by the Mumbai Police to be more involved and to be more engaged with the youth especially of this country, through mediums of social media," he said.

The Social Media Lab has been launched with an aim to understand the trends and topics that are being taken up by the youth, as they are the ones who use it extensively.

The lab will see a team of 20 police officers research on the kind of topics and discussions that are taking place on social networking sites like Facebook andTwitter.

The Mumbai Police had also clarified that the lab would not be interfering with any privacy policies of these social networking sites.

Last year, controversy surrounding social networking sites surfaced when two teenaged girls were arrested in the state's Thane town for allegedly making offensive comments about then deceased chief of the Hindu radical Shiv Sena party, Bal Thackeray.

Their arrests spurted a furious debate on the role of censorship and freedom of expression in the country.

Bachchan added, that the lab would not be used as a means of censorship and bridge the gap between the police and the youth.

"There is no kind of censorship that is going to happen. I think this is more of theMumbai Police's way of trying to understand and maybe fill a certain gap, the generational gap if you want to say, communication gap, between the youth of the nation and them. This is their way of putting the hand forward and saying we want to understand you well, we want to communicate with you well. I don't think they will be censoring any tweets or any Facebook post or anything. This is merely a lab that is set up so they can understand the trend," he said.

The lab would also keep a tab on the activities of militant outfits on the Internet and will watch out for their supporters on any material they publish online.

Last year, India witnessed a heated debate on the issue of freedom of expression on the social media sites, with the government proposing to impose restrictions on the functioning of these websites.

Many accounts on social networking sites were targeted as they were deemed to be posting offensive statements regarding the government. (ANI)

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