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India is recruiting cyber snitches to report ‘anti-national’ content

China is notoriously famous for its censorship and oppression on the internet by monitoring social media posts. Now, India wants to do something similar as the government is looking for volunteers to report ‘anti-national’ social media posts.

According to a report by The Indian Express, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has already started the program on a trial basis, asking citizens to report illegal content on the internet. MHA wants these volunteers to identify posts that include child pornography, rape, terrorism, radicalization, and anti-national activities. 

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As reported by the Wire, Jammu & Kashmir police already released a statement asking people to register as volunteers on the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal:

Under this initiative, any Indian citizen can get himself/herself associated by registering in any of three categories of Cyber Volunteer. Cyber Volunteer Unlawful Content Flagger- for identifying online illegal/unlawful content like child pornography, rape/gang rape, terrorism, radicalization, anti national activities etc. and reporting to government.

The publication noted that while people signing up might have to upload a valid government ID, there won’t be any verification process to vet them.