|Who will be held responsible for spreading false information through WhatsApp?|
Group admins is the answer, at least according to Police.
Those on WhatsApp, which is most of you reading this, can testify to the offensive or inciting nature of many messages that pop up in the umpteen groups that you are definitely part of. What many would have dismissed as rumours or rants, however, tend to be taken seriously by some with real-world consequences. Law enforcement agencies and cyber law experts say that existing laws in India are vague as far as fixing responsibility for such messages. While few cases have been registered so far to establish a trend, some recent ones in Maharashtra have seen the Group admins being booked in each case. Does the lack of clarity leave the scope for misuse? Shubhomoy Sikdar finds out more from experts Vicky Shah and Vijay Mukhi.