Indian Govt to Deploy Privacy-Endangering “Social Media Analytical Tool”

Indian Govt to Deploy Privacy-Endangering “Social Media Analytical Tool”

It was revealed this week that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government wants to deploy a “social media analytical tool” that will create digital profiles of citizens, less than a year before the country’s general elections.

The tool is said to be designed to “gauge opinions on social media campaigns linked to various schemes run by the government.”

Experts say that the data miner can spell disaster for the privacy of Indian citizens since it can provide information such as location-based insights, effectiveness of hashtag campaigns, and micro-level categorisation for mentions around topics which can be used to analyze sentiment, identify fake news, or spread propaganda on behalf of the government.

Source: ZDNet

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