Fake news and rumors have always been a trend. All fake news and offensive posts gain popularity on Social media. These fake news and offensive posts are again and again shared by active users ending up making people believe that it is true. These fake news are a source of entertainment for many people on social media but are distressing for people involved in it.
Offensive posts such as rumors or fake news circulating through WhatsApp or Facebook groups can land the group admins in jail, according to a joint order issued by the district magistrate of Varanasi and the city’s police chief. “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”, said the joint order. “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,” the order stated. A case under cyber crime law, Information Technology Act and Indian Penal Code will be filed in the case of violation of these guidelines.
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This is indeed a great step in order to stop fake news from spreading all over the Internet. Because somebody’s source of entertainment could be somebody else’s distress. But beware Indian Facebook and Whatsapp admins you people could end up in jail for even ignoring these kinds of posts. So, admins now you will have to take responsibility for every action within your group. And, for sure you will suffer the consequences for your ignorance.