It is all because of people misusing social media sites to publish the fake pictures, news, and videos to gain some popularity and create a communal rift in few sensitive areas.
But all of this is about to change thanks to the order issued by Varanasi District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and Senior Superintendent of Police Nitin Tiwari, according to which any information that is factually incorrect or misleading on a social media group could result in an FIR against the group admin.
For some users, having the admin rights over a Facebook or a WhatsApp group gives a sense of power.
There were many fake news which are being circulated in the WhatsApp group. The group administrator need not be physically present in Varanasi for the order to be applicable to him. "These are being forwarded without cross checking", the official order read, PTI reported.
If you are the admin of a WhatsApp or Facebook group there is bad news for you.
Group administrators have to deny fake messages that can cause religious disharmony and should remove the member from the social media group.
The order states that the group administrator should only add those people to the group who he or she know about. In an age where social media is booming, filtering content will imply thoughtful execution by the WhatsApp administrators. The admin "must" delete the content, and report the sender of that message to the nearest police station.
The local administration in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency came up with this new order. It also directs that cases under the cyber crime law, Information Technology Act, and IPC be filed in the case of violation of these guidelines. The orders of the Supreme Court and the high courts will be final while taking action.
However, it remains to be seen how Varanasi police, which is facing severe staff crunch, implements such an order on social media are not limited to the boundaries of the district.