MUMBAI: The Mumbai police department on Friday registered an FIR against a social media entertainment channel, AIB, for allegedly making a ‘meme’ featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Police officials of cyber crime branch said that the FIR of defamation under the Indian Penal Code and of transmitting obscene material in electronic form under the Information Technology Act names the AIB’s Twitter handle as the accused.
The meme – a picture with alterations introduced for humourous effect – showed Modi looking into his cell phone in one frame while the second frame showed his face with a ‘dog’ filter on Snapchat, an app that allows users to add effects to their pictures.
The ‘dog’ filter adds dog’s ears and nose to the user’s face.
The picture was posted by AIB on Twitter and Instagram and went viral within hours, attracting the ire of several people who took offense to it.
Some of them tweeted their objection to the post to the Mumbai Police’s official Twitter handle and inquiries were initiated in the matter.
Activated in 2013, the group maintains a YouTube channel that shows their comedy sketches and parodies on topics such as politics, society, and the Hindi film industry, and much of their reputation was founded on their online presence.
It has 2.358 million YouTube subscribers and more than 230 million total views till May 2017. – Samaa
Story first published: 14th July 2017