So you are a WhatsApp group admin? Pack your bag and get ready to land up in jail, thanks to a order issued by (Varanasi) District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and Senior Superintendent of Police Nitin Tiwari.
..it has been made clear that any factually incorrect, rumour or misleading information on a social media group could result in an FIR against the group administrator.The order has directed that social media group administrators should be ready to bear the responsibility and ownership of the groups. [source]
The administration has directed that no statement or post which can hurt religious sentiments should be forwarded to any other group or person else legal action will be taken.
Ironically, Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of PM Modi (read : how BJP used WhatsApp in UP elections) who has been a huge proponent of social media.
Imagine a new feature on WhatsApp which will allow group admins to moderate/approve posts – this entire thing is ridiculous to an extent words can’t describe.