The police are using a software called Sentiment Analysis to keep an eye on unscrupulous elements trying to disturb communal harmony on the Internet
Bengaluru: The top court of the country has pronounced its verdict on the Ayodhya issue.
A day before the pronouncement, chief justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi had met top officials of Uttar Pradesh, seeking details on the security apparatus.
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As the top guns overseeing the security briefed the CJI, the government of India too appealed to its citizens not to put up conflagratory remarks on social media, leading to a communal cauldron.
Two days since the verdict, no major incidents of communal unrest have been reported on the ground.
The police are also keeping an eagle’s eye on what’s being uploaded or written on social media.
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They are using a software called Sentiment Analysis which will help them understand the behaviour of unscrupulous elements desiring to issue provocative statements.
So how does this software work?
Navi Vijayshankar, a cyber expert explains, “We need to monitor those accounts which may act detrimental to the interests of our society. The content in such inflammatory messages is identified using keywords. This identification can happen using artificial intelligence or manually as well. Later, the intelligence is fed back to the police who will identify the user based on the IP address.”
There are experts who identify words which are used to create tensions in the society. These can be codewords like Ayodhya in this case. Once these codewords are identified by humans, artificial intelligence will take over.
When reports last came in, the Uttar Pradesh police had apprehended around 90 people resorting to incendiary ways in relation to the Ayodhya verdict.
The software helps in identifying such elements and also tracking their history. If they are found guilty, they will be tried under the Indian Penal Code (not necessarily, the IT Act) and the punishment may range up to 2 years. The evidence used to arraign the accused will be completely electronic in nature.
Last Updated 4:24 PM IST