Uttar Pradesh Police personnel will now have to look at their step when interacting or posting on social media. In line with a brand new diktat on social media, cops is not going to be allowed to touch upon the federal government’s insurance policies or on political events and leaders.
“Making feedback on authorities or private social media platforms over the federal government, its insurance policies, programmes, political events, political leaders, and ideologies are prohibited,” reads the diktat.
The brand new social media coverage additional prohibits the usage of social media for private use throughout obligation hours. The prohibition contains, taking pictures movies and Reels in uniform and dwell broadcast from private profiles.
“Use of social media for private utilization throughout authorities obligation, making of video and reels on obligation or in uniform, dwell telecast on social media or from private profiles is banned. Police officers on intelligence operations to keep away from social media,” says the diktat.
The order additionally asks cops to desist from placing out any social media submit that might damage spiritual sentiments or is in opposition to any caste or neighborhood.
Hindustan Instances quoted in command of UP Police social media cell, extra superintendent of police (ASP) Rahul Srivastava as saying that the most recent diktat on social media utilization for cops comes within the wake of a lot of police personnel utilizing social media platforms.
In line with Srivastava, sure posts triggered controversies, resulting in disciplinary motion in opposition to cops. The UP Police’s social media coverage was first issued in 2017 after which revised the following yr. The most recent diktat comes after an in depth revision. Srivastava stated the brand new social media coverage would apply to cops of all ranks.
The brand new coverage for cops additional restrains them from sharing footage on social media that embody criminals, police uniform, or firearms, private occasions, and political affiliations. As a substitute, they’ve been directed to share blurred footage of criminals after a media briefing of any good work by the police.
They’re additionally prohibited from becoming a member of WhatsApp teams that propagate messages in opposition to the state authorities or police drive and utilizing private cellular numbers to log into authorities social media accounts.
Solely Closed Consumer Group (CUG) numbers issued by the division can be utilized for this function. Moreover, they can’t take part in on-line voting with out prior approval and should use their social media accounts in a way that doesn’t violate the UP Authorities Servant’s Conduct Guidelines, 1956 (Modification 1998, 2002).