Bangalore Police taking help of third party developers to analyze Mehdi's tweets

Bangalore Police taking help of third party developers to analyze Mehdi's tweets

By: || Updated: 20 Dec 2014 03:45 PM
Bengaluru: Following the arrest of Mehdi Masroor Biswas for allegedly operating a pro-ISIS Twitter account, Bangalore Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi on Saturday said that his force was taking help of third party developers who could analyze the tweets through automated analytical methods.

 



 

"We are seeking help of third party developers, who have developed very sophisticated analytical tools, to analyze particularly social media and in particular tweets. So, we have taken their help...we have got some analysis today.... And we hope that very soon (we) will unravel some of the important dimensions of this particular crime," Reddi told the media here.

 

"The amount of data that has to be analyzed is humongous. It's about 1.2 lakh tweets, 17 to 18 thousand followers, large number of direct messages, re-tweets, trending etc, hash tags. So, there is a whole ecosystem of online messaging that is there as part of the twitter. So, this is going to be requiring a lot of hard work, a lot of meticulous systematic work and this can't be done manually; this has to be done through automated analytical methods," he added.

 

Earlier this week, Bangalore Police had arrested Mehdi Masroor Biswas for allegedly operating a pro- ISIS Twitter account.

 

An investigation by Britain's Channel 4 News had stated that the @ShamiWitness account, which reportedly had a massive 17,700 followers, was being run by an executive based in Bangalore.

 

The report also claimed that the executive was ready to join the Islamic State himself if his family had not been dependant on him.

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