A team of police officials carried out searches at Facebook’s Mumbai office after the company refused to divulge information about a case.
Karnataka police sleuths carried out searches at Facebook’s Mumbai office on Thursday afternoon after the social media company refused to share information on the profile of a Mangaluru-based suspect who posted derogatory content on goddesses. Mangaluru police arrested the suspect and had also booked Facebook for non-cooperation.
According to a report in Times of India, the police reached the venue at 2 PM following an order issued by a Mangaluru court to obtain information about the suspect, Jabbar.
“Jabbar had posted offensive content pertaining to some goddesses. With the content widely shared on social media and also through Whatsapp among many in Mangaluru, communal tension started to spread in the region. Police stepped in to track down the profiles and apprehended Jabbar,” said an investigating officer to the Times of India.
The police registered a case under section 153 A(promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and 295 A(deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting religious beliefs) in connection to the online content.
After the court order, Facebook agreed to provide information about the suspect within 48 hours.
“Despite repeated requests, including letters from senior police officials of the state given the nature of the case, Facebook consistently refrained from providing information,” said an investigating officer to the media.
Later, a team of police searched the Facebook’s premise under the court order and some collection relating to Jabbar’s profile was collected.
Source : beingindian