BENGALURU: The Karnataka state cops have on Friday carried out searches at Facebook’s Mumbai office following the social media giant’s refusal to provide profile details of an accused, who has allegedly posted derogatory content on Hindu goddesses. The police have filed a case against the Facebook under section 176 of IPC for not cooperating with the police in disclosing the details of the user.
“We have received complaints on some social media posts which were derogatory and has the potential to create religious conflicts between communities. A Facebook user named Jabbar, alias Kudroli, posted derogatory images of Hindu goddesses on the social media which has been widely shared through other platforms. We have identified the severity of the case and has arrested the accused. Jabbar is a resident of Mangaluru and further investigation is in progress’, said an investigation officer from Karnataka.
“We have initially approached Facebook to provide details of the accused as per the law. However, the Facebook authorities in India have denied the same despite repeated requests from higher level officers. Eventually, we were forced to get a search warrant from the court. The accused Jabbar has been booked under section 153A and 295A for posting derogatory content over the social media”, he said.
With unexpected raid of the Karnataka Police on its Mumbai office, Facebook has finally agreed to provide every detail of the accused within 48 hours.