WhatsApp posts can land group admin in jail

21 Avril, 2017, 18:44 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Now offensive Whats App posts can land group admin in jail

The motive of the order is to curb fake news, offensive videos and doctored photos being posted.

The order says several social media groups, including "news groups", were propagating inauthentic information and these messages were being circulated without a cross-checking of facts.

The move affects more than 200 million people who are registered on WhatsApp in India.

WhatsApp and Facebook admins can now get arrested for any fake news that gets shared on their group.

The order, issued on Wednesday, says while freedom of expression on social media is important, it also comes with a responsibility.

The order adds that if the group admin doesn't take strict action against posts and members of the group who are guilty of posting harmful content, the admin will be considered guilty and charged as per the law.

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The order stipulates that group administrators must remove members responsible for offending posts from a group. In an age where social media is booming, filtering content will imply thoughtful execution by the WhatsApp administrators.

Admins also have to report offending posts to the nearest police station so that action can be enforced against the person circulating the falsehoods. The admin must take immediate action against such posts to avoid being booked by denying such rumours on the group and removing the member sending such messages from the group.

While a hearing a case against a Whatsapp group admin, the Judge rightly observed, "I am unable to understand as to how the administrator of a group can be held liable for defamation, even if any, by the statements made by a member of the group".

The local administration in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency came up with this new order.

In the event of a breach of the new rule, the FIR will be filed under the IT Act and IPC section on Cyber Crime Law.

It needs to be seen how Varanasi police which is facing severe staff crunch implements such an order as WhatsApp and social media are not limited to the boundaries of the district.

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