New Delhi, Aug 21 (IBNS) India would take legal and all other actions against sites like Twitter if they did not cooperate with the government on tracking and deleting the anti-Northeast people hate contents posted on the microblogging site in the wake of Assam violence.
Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar told TV channels that Twitter is not cooperating and action would be taken against them.
The government said Facebook and YouTube have cooperated and informed that hate messages and images were posted from Pakistan.
Anti-Northeast people rumours, SMSes and images along with real threats triggered a panic exodus of NE people from Indian cities like Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.
India has blocked 254 website for inflammatory content hosting that triggered a fear psychosis among the people of Northeast who left Indian cities for their home states after they were threatened by some groups with a possible backlash for the Assam situation where the tribal Bodos and Muslim settlers were clashing for over a month causing deaths and displacement.
The government said it is monitoring provocative and harmful content continuously.
"A lot of inflammatory and harmful content/information has been found to be appearing on the social networking sites hosted outside the country. Bulk of the content/information, which contained images and videos mostly morphed, aimed at targeting people of North East," the Home Ministry said.
"Most of the content were taken from events unrelated to the incident occurred in Assam. Hosting of such morphed image/video led to a lot of inciting comments from users on the blogs hosting such morphed images/videos and circulation of hate SMSes.
"It disturbed the peace and harmony among the communities leading to public disorder and exodus of North Eastern people from some parts of the country," the government said.
Though exodus of northeast Indians from various parts of the country, fearing for their safety, subsided after reassurances of security flowed from various corners, the NE people are still panic-stricken.
At least 78 people were killed in the Assam violence between Bodos and Muslim settlers since July and countless were rendered homeless and sheltered in relief camps.