Yeah! You read it right, if you are a WhatsApp group admin then you could be behind the bars. How? If any offensive message is shared in your WhatsApp group by WhatsApp group admin or its member then they will be put in Jail. WhatsApp is the most useful app for our daily life, it seems to be that WhatsApp has replace SMS for most of the people in India.
A joint order issued by Varanasi District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and Senior Superintendent of Police Nitin Tiwari says that any factually incorrect, rumour or misleading information on a social media group could result in an FIR against the group administrator, PTI report said.
The order also states that if any statement is made by a group member which is fake, can cause religious disharmony, or rumour, the group admin must deny it on the group and remove the member from the group.
“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,” it said. It also added that such post must be reported to nearest police station so that the action can be taken against such members.
The social media group administrator must add only those members who are known and do not intent to share such posts. It is also stated that if any misleading information shared from a group then group administrator must be ready to bear the consequences.
“There are several groups on social media which are named on news groups and also groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is not authentic. These are being forwarded without cross checking,” it said.
The order, issued on Wednesday, says while freedom of expression on social media is important, it also comes with a responsibility.
The administration has directed that no statement or post which can hurt religious sentiments should be forwarded to any other group or person else legal action will be taken.
It also directs that case under cyber crime law, Information Technology Act and IPC will be filed in case of violation of these guidelines.
The order also makes it clear that orders of the Supreme Court and various high courts will be considered while initiating action.