Social media group admins may land in jail for offensive posts: Varanasi DM

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If you a group admin like most of the people here then you have landed into a much higher responsibility zone now.

According to an order issued jointly by the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police in Varanasi, the social-media group’s administrator will be held responsible for all the content posted on the group.

If there is communally divisive, factually incorrect or misleading content posted on the group, the admin must take instant action against such posts by denying such rumours and also remove the member sending such message in the group, said the joint order issued by Varanasi District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and Superintendent of Police Nitin Tiwari.

In failure to take any action, a FIR can be filed against such Facebook or WhatsApp group administrator.

“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. Such a post must also be reported to the nearest police station,” the order says.

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

1920 x 1080 Facebook hd wallpapers,Poster,walls,picture,Facebook“There are several groups on social media which are named on newsgroups and also groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is not authentic. These are being forwarded without cross-checking,” the order stated.

The order also advises admins of social media groups to include only those people who are personally known to them.

“There are several groups on social media which are named on newsgroups and also groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is not authentic. These are being forwarded without cross-checking,” the joint order stated.