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BJP IT Cell Secretary Tarun Sengupta arrested in WB for spreading fake news

BJP’s IT Cell Secretary, Tarun Sengupta has been arrested by CID West Bengal from Asansol, which is the second largest city in West Bengal after Kolkata, on charges of spreading fake news. In a Facebook post dated April 17, Sengupta had shared a video which has been deemed “fake”, and one that could potentially create communal tensions. The post in question, which can been seen in the images shared by CID West Bengal, seems to have been removed from Sengupta’s Facebook profile.

It’s a little surprising that this arrest has been made nearly three months after the video was originally shared, and at a time when the West Bengal government has come under scrutiny following the incidents of violence in North 24 Parganas district, which incidentally was also allegedly kickstarted by a Facebook post by a 17-year old boy.

Apparently, on July 9, the Cyber Crime Cell of Kolkata Police had also arrested a man from Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas district for sharing a fake photo, according to this Hindustan Times report.

Last week, Internet services were temporarily blocked in the Basirhat sub-division of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, following episodes of violence prompted by a Facebook post deemed objectionable. This development happened less than a month after Internet services were shutdown in Darjeeling, which was subsequently extended for 8 more days till Monday, July 10, 2017.

In February this year, MediaNama had hosted an open house discussion on ‘Fake News, Rumors & Online Content Regulation’ in Delhi: Here are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the discussion.

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