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Delhi under radar of terror groups, warns Home Ministry


New Delhi: The Home Ministry warned against a possible aerial attack from different terror groups including Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

A report of the Ministry of Home Affairs revealed that the security agencies were kept on high alert. The agencies were also directed to take necessary initiatives to foil any such attacks.

Reportedly, security was also beefed up in key installation across India especially in the capital. A list of 15 areas has been identified which are prone to attacks.  The areas include Prime Minister’s house, the residences of Home Minister and Vice President, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Rajpath, India Gate and the CGO Complex that houses the headquarters of key agencies such as the CBI, CISF and BSF.

Various security bodies were directed to be vigilant against unmanned air system (UAS) and drones.

Orders have also been issued to shoot down any suspicious flying object. The Indian Air Force (IAF) are keeping a vigil on the aerial space to determine any suspicious activities.

The development came after a drone was located flying over the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the capital. However, mystery still shrouds the incident as concerned people failed to identify the object and locate its source.

India’s decision to back the war-ravaged Afghanistan in its war against militancy has also irked terror outfits. Despite the fact that there is no institutional presence of ISIS in India, there were reports that the militia might join hands with Indian Mujaheedin or other groups to carry out subversive activities across the country.

Moreover, India backed the hanging of war criminals in Bangladesh. Most of the war criminals were affiliated to the extremist group Jamaat-e-Islami. This did not go down well with them. Reportedly, members of the outfits were arrested by security forces when they were making bombs in their secret hideout in Burdwan, West Bengal.

With ISIS making their presence felt regularly with their attacks, it is high time for India to sound the warning bell to remain alert against any suspicion.

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Facebook, Twitter Urged to Do More to Police Hate on Sites

Twitter to soon release Snapchat like feature. VOA
Fake accounts on Twitter are many. VOA

Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google are taking steps to police terrorists and hate groups on their sites, but more work needs to be done, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday.

The organization released its annual digital terrorism and hate report card and gave a B-plus to Facebook, a B-minus to Twitter and a C-plus to Google.

Facebook spokeswoman Christine Chen said the company had no comment on the report. Representatives for Google and Twitter did not immediately return emails seeking comment.

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Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, said Facebook in particular built “a recognition that bad folks might try to use their platform” as its business model. “There is plenty of material they haven’t dealt with to our satisfaction, but overall, especially in terms of hate, there’s zero tolerance,” Cooper said at a New York City news conference.

Rick Eaton, a senior researcher at the Wiesenthal Center, said hateful and violent posts on Instagram, which is part of Facebook, are quickly removed, but not before they can be widely shared.

He pointed to Instagram posts threatening terror attacks at the upcoming World Cup in Moscow. Another post promoted suicide attacks with the message, “You only die once. Why not make it martyrdom.”

Cooper said Twitter used to merit an F rating before it started cracking down on Islamic State tweets in 2016. He said the move came after testimony before a congressional committee revealed that “ISIS was delivering 200,000 tweets a day.”

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This photo shows Facebook launched on an iPhone, in North Andover, Mass., June 19, 2017. VOA

Cooper and Eaton said that as the big tech companies have gotten more aggressive in shutting down accounts that promote terrorism, racism and anti-Semitism, promoters of terrorism and hate have migrated to other sites such as VK.com, a Facebook lookalike that’s based in Russia.

There also are “alt-tech” sites like GoyFundMe, an alternative to GoFundMe, and BitChute, an alternative to Google-owned YouTube, Cooper said.

“If there’s an existing company that will give them a platform without looking too much at the content, they’ll use it,” he said. “But if not, they are attracted to those platforms that have basically no rules.”

The Los Angeles-based Wiesenthal Center is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism. (VOA)