Virtual police to patrol Lithuanian cyberspace

  • 2021-03-01
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian police are planning to launch shortly a virtual patrol to monitor cyberspace and warn the authors of hate speech and similar comments. 

"A kind of police icon will appear next to, in our opinion, inappropriate comments or inappropriate messages," Police Commissioner General Renatas Pozela told reporters on Monday. 

"We are currently in the process of selecting a number of police officers who will be monitoring the cyberspace 24 hours a day," he said.

"If inappropriate messages and comments are detected, the virtual patrol will react. The police icon and message will appear next to a specific comment informing both its author and the public that this is an illegal act and it must be stopped." 

"The goal is to fight against hate, racial and sexual crimes," Pozela added.