[India]–Administrators of Facebook and WhatsApp groups are now liable for prosecution in India if any rumour, offensive or fake news is circulated on them.
This is contained in a joint order issued by District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and Senior Superintendent of Police Nitin Tiwari, where it has been made clear that any factually incorrect, rumour or misleading information on a social media group could result in an FIR against the group administrator.
“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.
Considering this issue, directives are being issued to social media groups, WhatsApp and Facebook group administrators and members, the order said.
There are over 200 million WhatsApp users in India.
It directed that social media group administrators should be ready to bear the responsibility and ownership of the groups.
The administrator must include only those members who are personally known to him or her.
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, the order said.
“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 added.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg