The new order has been issued by Varanasi by the Government of India. The order claims that any rumor, fake news, or offensive posts or misleading images/videos can land the group administrator in jail.
WhatsApp Group Admins Can Now Be Jailed For Spreading Offensive Posts
Well, Fake news and rumors spread over platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook cause communal and regional tensions to flare up. In the past, authorities have faced many issues regarding this. From now, forwarding fake news and rumors in WhatsApp is officially a criminal offense.
Well, the new order has been issued by Varanasi by the Government of India. The order claims that any rumor, fake news, or offensive posts or misleading images/videos can land the group administrator in jail.
The order states “There are several groups on social media which are named on newsgroups and also groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is not authentic, These are being forwarded without cross-checking.”
Well, right now there are over 200 million WhatsApp users in India and the new order calls for all group admins to be responsible and self-police their chats. The order says “The administrator must include only those members who are personally known to him or her”.
So, according to new orders, WhatsApp group admins might take the responsibility to remove some offensive posts and chats before they spread. The order says “In the event of inaction from the group admin, he or she will be considered guilty and action will be taken against the group admin.”
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