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Varanasi: Web group admins to face action for posts spreading rumours

An order by district administration has said that group administrators should rebut messages with wrong statements and unconfirmed news that could trigger rumour or disturb social harmony

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: April 21, 2017 6:36 am

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, the district administration has issued directive for administrators and members of groups on social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook. The order says several social media groups, including “news groups”, were propagating inauthentic information and these messages were being circulated without a cross-checking of facts.

In a joint order of District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and SSP Nitin Tiwari, it has been stated that only a person who is familiar with all members of the group should become its administrator. The order directs that the group administrator rebut messages with wrong statements and unconfirmed news that could trigger rumour or disturb social harmony and remove the member who posted the message.

The administrator must inform the police station concerned in such cases so that legal action could be taken, says the order. It adds that if the administrator does not take these steps, he too will face action. The order says anyone found guilty of sharing such messages would face cases under the IPC and cyber laws.

An official in district administration said the order has been issued because certain people were posting “baseless” reports on social media groups and were connecting them reports with the PM’s constituency.

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  1. A
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm
    sab chor hain
    1. Damodar Biswal
      Apr 21, 2017 at 12:53 pm
      Welcome step.
      1. P
        Apr 21, 2017 at 10:53 am
        A very good decision, persons in the name of freedom of expression put any message in the group and then others just keep on forwarding it. It must be stopped, person writing or forwarding must own the responsibility.
        1. T
          Apr 21, 2017 at 10:38 am
          The most in.authentic information so far has been that " UNESCO has declared our P M as the best in the world " ;)
          1. T
            Apr 21, 2017 at 9:57 am
            How about the fake news and articles sprad through these media's before UP ectiom which was originated from.the so called appointed bjp it cell.. There was an article in local media's about the stories and the strategy they used to intrude I'm all what's app group and spread cookd uo stories what could create a hatred of particular community among common innocents Hindus n the group ...many if the voters of SP BSP and Congress votes had been converted to NDA ... .would they take action against that ... Cooked up stories like ... Hindu gal.forced and raped to be converted to Muslim religion ,,, swamys and monks of Eastern UP are being attacked and killed and the killers refused media to enter there so that no news could go out etc etc ... By the time the voters knew the truth they HV already voted for bjp ...
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