WhatsApp, Facebook Group Admins Can Go To Jail For Offensive Posts

Be careful and think twice before becoming group admin on WhatsApp facebook why

Offensive posts on WhatsApp can land group admin in jail

The order has been issued to curb fake news, doctored photos, and offensive videos from being posted.

Offensive posts-such as rumours or fake news-circulated through WhatsApp or Facebook groups can land the group admin in jail, according to a joint order issued by the district magistrate of Varanasi and the city's police chief.

Besides, there are more than 200 million Whatsapp users in India, who are part of millions of group. While many of these WhatsApp messages are harmless - some may call them annoying - forwards, you would've no doubt received "news" stories that don't quite seem right, but you end up forwarding them to another WhatsApp group anyway because they seemed interesting.

Seemingly at odds with the ruling, the Varansi order says social media group administrators should be ready to bear the responsibility and ownership of the groups.

So now it is up to group admins to add only wise people in his group and advise them not to share any fake stuff.

If you've created a social media group on Facebook and WhatsApp and unaware of the kind of posts that are being shared, then you must change that attitude. In an age where social media is booming, filtering content will imply thoughtful execution by the WhatsApp administrators.

The group admin should include those member whom he/she knows personally and if any statement made by a group member is incorrect, can cause religious disharmony or is fake, the group admin should remove the post and the member from the group, the order stated.

Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In any event that a post that can hurt religious sentiments is forwarded to any group or person, legal action will be taken under cyber crime law, Information Technology Act and IPC.

However, it remains to be seen how Varanasi police, which is facing severe staff crunch, implements such an order on social media are not limited to the boundaries of the district.

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