Group Administrators are the one who has full control over the WhatsApp groups, they can see and manage the contents that are shared by the group members. Multiple persons can also be admins for one group.
Parbhani Sub Divisional Police Office, Sanjay Pardeshi said “We have issued a letter to all police stations, asking them to summon WhatsApp group admins in their areas in person, and tell them that they should avoid such content in the group”
“We are asking group admins to monitor the content the member’s post,” he said
The letter sent by the authorities to police stations in the district says WhatsApp group should not have any disrespectful content including text, pictures, audio or video clips about historical or iconic figures, places of worship or anything that may hurt religious sentiments.
Not only these, Sanjay Pardeshi also said that if any Group admin finds such post in WhatsApp group, it should be immediately reported to the police. Dilip Zalke who is the district superintendent of Police Dilip Zalke said that police took this step after incidents of defamatory content going viral through WhatsApp groups were reported.
He also said that “Even to forward such a content is a crime”. If police find any objectionable content in WhatsApp groups, offenses under the Information Technology Act as well as IPC will be registered.
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