Meeting with representatives of Facebook, Google, Twitter to counter fake news: Karnataka Govt

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has decided to create a separate cyber wing in every police station to counter fake news, and will also hold a meeting with the representatives of Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media platforms.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Minister for Home Dr G Parameshwara said, “A meeting of representatives of Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media platforms is being called soon.

The number of persons indulging in circulating fake news is steadily growing and this will be contained.

“Whoever creates fake news and circulates it will be dealt with by initiating legal action. The action is certain no matter which political outfit one belongs to,” the state Home Minister said.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday directed the authorities to track down the origins of fake news campaigns. The order has been issued following rampant fake news campaigns being carried out on social media platforms after the new Congress government assumed power in the state.

The officers have also been directed to identify those who are spreading false news and initiate legal action against them.

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