Social media posts on Gintota unrest CID yet to receive a complaint

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By 2017-11-23

By Shaahidah Riza

Criminal Investigation Division (CID) will not be investigating the inflammatory propaganda that has been circulating via social media on the Gintota incident, said CID Director Senior Superintendent of Police Shani Abeysekera.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, he added that no complaint has been made in this regard and even the mainstream media had published unverified claims with regard to the mayhem that took place in the Southern district last week, which saw several houses torched and many injured.

"The CID will remain vigilant to prevent further incidents. However, this does not mean that we turn a blind eye to what is happening on social media. Whenever we get complaints we investigate online threats and intimidation," he said.

Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT) said that they work on removing offensive and inflammatory material from the online sphere. Speaking to Ceylon Today, Principal Information Security Engineer of SLCERT added that they do not engage in social media monitoring to determine who is sharing misinformation or spreading rumours online, but provide assistance to the CID on cases, upon requests from the latter.

"We focus mainly on helping the general public to be secure online. We do not have the resources or the capacity to monitor who is doing what on social media," he said.

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