With Independence Day close at hand, an alleged threat has been issued to Ramjas College, Delhi University about an attack that might take place before or after the 15th of August 2015.
The college authorities, under such an alarmed situation, have increased the security outside as well as inside the premises of the institute. The security guards have been instructed to not allow anybody to enter the college gate without a photo ID card. On the other hand, the hostel timings earlier allowed students out till 10 pm which now is not the case. All the students residing in the hostel have been ordered to be back by 8 pm.
“Our dramatics society used to be in college till late at night for our practices. But now, we have been forbidden to do so. Yesterday, around 3 pm we were told to leave the college and practice elsewhere. Nothing like this has ever happened before”, says Ridhi Negi, a 3rd-yr student of Ramjas.
There has been no disruption in classes held in the college. A tight security has been wrapped around this ancient college of Delhi University, currently a probable target of ISIS.
The college authorities could not be contacted for further information.
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.”
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)