“We are in the process of setting up an IT cell, which would start as a pilot project for three months and based on its outcome, we will take it forward, but for now, we are awaiting the approval of the MHA,” a senior police officer said.
The officer added that the aim is to flag unlawful content on social media, which may cause communal disharmony or affect the law-and-order situation, and take appropriate action against it.
Most of those hired for the pilot project are qualified youngsters, well-versed with social media platforms and have a background in information technology. Some of them are pursuing their masters degree. These people have been a hired on a contract basis, the police said.