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Intelligence agencies to monitor revenue models of social networking sites

Central intelligence agencies are reportedly planning to look at the revenue model of prominent social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to see how the government could ensure that these sites act on its call for action against terror content and efforts to target India, reports the Economic Times

Central intelligence agencies are reportedly planning to look at the revenue model of prominent social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to see how the government could ensure that these sites act on its call for action against terror content and efforts to target India, reports the Economic Times

The move follows activity on Twitter and Facebook where content has been floated with a concerted effort to show that Indian agencies were behind last week’s bloody terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan.

“We expect these social networking websites to be more responsible in blocking such content and one way to enforce that could to be study their revenue model in India,” a senior intelligence official told the Economic Times. He added that since servers of the websites are located abroad, the government needs to study “other avenues” to get the online networks to act.

A undisclosed source at one of the social networking websites told the Economic Times that their revenue model was no different in India than abroad and that there was some sort of disconnect between the technology and the government’s understanding of it.

The social networking websites had been in touch with India’s security establishment and had even held workshops for their officials, the source told the Economic Times. Twitter has meanwhile taken some steps, such as blocking the account of India’s most wanted terrorist, Mohammad Hafiz Saeed.

Earlier this month, the government’s steps on cyber security were exposed when it was revealed that the country’s intelligence agencies were unaware of the activities of a Bengaluru man who was tweeting ISIS propaganda. 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in consultation with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, subsequently set up a committee of intelligence officials, including private experts, to help the National Technical Research Organisation and the Intelligence Bureau to draw up a mechanism for effective monitoring of social media for terror content. 

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