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New Delhi: Social media was an “important tool” being used by terrorist organisations to radicalise youths across India and abroad, police chiefs of India’s three metropolitan cities warned on Saturday.

Mumbai Commissioner of Police Ahmed Javed shared his views in this matter at the Aaj Tak agenda conclave in New Delhi.

The danger of radicalisation or indoctrination now has a new aspect. The medium to expand it has been changed speedily due to the intervention of social media and electronic medium, he said.

He said that there two kinds of thoughts prevailed in youngsters – those who are fairly impressive and those who are perceived.

A lot of youngsters based on reality but most of them on perception. Four youngsters of our land went to the Middle East recently to join IS (Islamic State).

“We tried to find out (why) and knew that social media is one of the most important tools to radicalise them,” Javed said.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner NS Megharikh also asserted that social media is really working as an alarming tool for the indoctrination of youngsters as they are more in touch with his medium.

Bengaluru is a very technical city. The role of social media in the indoctrination of youths is different from the traditional medium. Local issues are used through social media for the radicalization of people,

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said that terrorism was not a new danger for India.

The things and medium have been changed. In the past telephonic conversation and letters were used to indoctrinate youths. Now Facebook and WhatsApp are being used as a tool for his purpose,” he said at the conclave. (IANS)

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Will Facebook accounts be linked to Aadhaar card?

The social media giant did not ask participants in the test to provide their Aadhaar number

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Facebook is not collecting Aadhaar card data Picture credits: Wikimedia commons
Facebook is not collecting Aadhaar card data: Wikimedia commons

After some reports suggested that Facebook was asking new users in India to enter their names as mentioned in their Aadhaar Card when they sign up for an account, the social media giant clarified that it is not collecting Aadhaar data.

From where the rumor emerged

Facebook said it ran a small test to help new users understand how to sign up to the social network with their real name and connect with their friends and family.

“Some have interpreted this test as a request for people’s Aadhaar information… This is not correct,” the company said in a statement.

“The test, which has now finished, merely includes additional language on the account sign-up page to explain that using their Aadhaar name will help family and friends recognise them,” the statement said.

At the point of account sign-up, users who were part of the test saw language that said, “using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognise you.”

The social media giant did not ask participants in the test to provide their Aadhaar number.

Facebook conducted tests just when the Government was linking Aadhaar to the digital world Wikimedia commons
Facebook conducted tests just when the Government was linking Aadhaar to the digital world Wikimedia commons

The test ran with a small number of users in India and Facebook said it currently has no plans to roll out this test further.

“We are not collecting Aadhaar data and do not require people to enter their Aadhaar name when they sign up to Facebook,” the company stressed.

Facebook has over 217 million monthly active users in India and 212 million of them are active on smartphones. It has 2.1 billion monthly active users globally. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India.

The Facebook test came at a time when the government is asking citizens to link Aadhaar details with their digital lives.

The government recently extended till March 31, 2018, the deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts, PAN, mobile numbers and several other schemes. (IANS)

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