Itanagar, May 18 : The Arunachal Pradesh government will no longer stand by silently on social media updates targeted at influential personalities in the government, an official statement said.
Over the last few years, various Arunachal-based online groups on Facebook have become popular forums for people to voice out their grievances and reach out to political leaders of the state. However, the state government now feels that updates on Facebook sometimes cross the lines of decency and must be kept in check.
A press statement issued today by the state government spokesperson Bamang Felix said such posts are "disturbing the communal harmony of the state and targeting individuals for the sake of maligning their images and status".
The statement added that the government would "take serious action" against Facebook users.
Referring to a recent post on an online group, Voice of Arunachal, where one user had written that Felix resigned from his post as IPR parliamentary secretary, he said such statements are made to "to create chaos".
While Felix claimed that the post was made by "a fake account holder", he also lodged a complaint with the police.
The statement added that "social media is not at all a tool to promote communal hatred, malign the image of individual or organisation or spreading rumours".