We missed this earlier: While invoking powers under Sec 144, the Jabalpur district administration has imposed curbs on Covid-19 related posts that are 'objectionable, inciting and gory' on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for two months. On April 27, the office of the District Magistrate issued an order signed by Jabalpur district collector Karamveer Sharma saying, "It has been reported by the Superintendent of Police Jabalpur.. that social media websites like WhatsApp, Facebook, is currently being used by anti-social elements of the district to spread misinformation, fake news regarding Covid-19. Efforts are being to create and atmosphere of fear in general public by this." The order also said that there was a "possibility of people saying objectionable things regarding a religion" which may further lead to a law and order situation. "To ensure that such acitivites do not create fear among general public and for the purpose of ensuring legal action against such persons, Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 in Jabalpur district Restrictive order is required to be issued under Section 144 (1)," the order read. Sharma issued restraining orders for anyone who posts and 'misleading, objectionable or provocative photos/pictures/messages related to any religion or sect in the the entire revenue range of Jabalpur district on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp. Commenting on these posts is also prohibited," the order in Hindi read, adding that the curbs will be in force for two months. Curbs on social media issued by Centre too The Jabalpur order comes days after…
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