Administrators of groups on WhatsApp and Facebook groups would face trial in India, according to a new legislation resulting out of a joint order by a District Magistrate; Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and Senior Superintendent of Police; Nitin Tiwari of India, which emphasizes on referring anyone breaking the new law to the police.
Most administrators of groups do not regulate the content their members post which as a result has largely become an avenue for misinformation on the web since news travel much faster on social media than in the traditional news. With the new law, admins found to be allowing the spread of false or misleading information may face prison sentence, this is to curb the spread of false information. Admins are therefore asked to only allow persons they know (Family and Friends) into groups since they would be accountable for their actions.
“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,” the joint order stated, according to Indian reports. “These are being forwarded without cross-checking.”
Oh, the next time you create a group in India, be prepared to moderate it and make sure you can vouch the caliber of people you let in.