WhatsApp : Now you have to be extra careful and just think before becoming administrator of a Whatsapp or Facebook group as the admin is answerable if any kind of rumor or fake news is circulated on it.
Social Media is platform which allows you to create a group on which members can share views, photographs or videos.
Recently, their are a lot of such incidents which have been constantly raised about social media which includes misuse as fake news, morphed photographs and disturbing videos with fabricated local narratives can easily be circulated and which leads to high tension and can also can create protests in an area.
According to a survey there are over 200 million WhatsApp users in India.
It has now been made clear that any worng statement can now result in an FIR against the group administrator.
“There are also several groups created on social media which are named on news groups and also groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is totally fake. And are also being forwarded without cross checking,” it said.
Considering the issue seriously, It is directed that social media group administrators should be ready to bear the responsibility and ownership of the groups. The administrator should be aware that he should include only those members who are personally known to him or her.
Further If any statement is made by a group member which is fake, can cause religious disharmony, or rumour, the group admin has to properly deny it on the group and remove the member from the group instantly, the order said.
“And 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.
And any Such kind of post must also be reported to the nearest police station so that action can be taken against the member under the law, it said.
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 directs that case under cyber crime law, Information Technology Act and IPC will be filed in case of violation of these guidelines.