India’s WhatsApp group admins liable for member messages

India’s Office of Special Inspector General of Police Maharashtra Cyber issued an advisory notice alerting that admins of WhatsApp groups could,  along with users, be liable for posting illegal and objectionable content on WhatsApp groups. The advisory notice cited the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code to alert that admins can be liable for fake news, hate speech, and misinformation in groups. Moreover, it requires admins to ensure that: every group member is reliable and responsible enough to share only verified information; to inform all group members about the rules of posting in the group; and to inform the police if any members resort to mischief and share objectionable content.

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