Lynchings on rise, Government warns WhatsApp against misuse of its platform

The consecutive instances of lynchings in various parts of country over rumours being spread through provocative WhatsApp forwards has put a question mark on the messaging platform.

Published: 03rd July 2018 07:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd July 2018 08:23 PM   |  A+A-

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By IANS

NEW DELHI: The government has asked WhatsApp to take immediate action to end the menace of spreading messages that impact the country's law and order situation and ensure that the platform is not used for such malicious activities, an official statement said here on Tuesday.

"Instances of lynching of innocent people have been noticed recently because of large number of irresponsible and explosive messages filled with rumours and provocation are being circulated on WhatsApp. The unfortunate killing in many states such as Assam, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura and west Bengals are deeply painful and regrettable," the statement from the IT Ministry said.

It added: "While the Law and order machinery is taking steps to apprehend the culprits, the abuse of platform like WhatsApp for repeated circulation of such provocative content are equally a matter of deep concern."

Also read: A timeline: Fake WhatsApp rumours trigger series of mob lynching across the country

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has taken serious note of these irresponsible messages and their circulation in such platforms.

"Deep disapproval of such developments has been conveyed to the senior management of the WhatsApp and they have been advised that necessary remedial measures should be taken to prevent the proliferation of these fake and at times motivated/sensational messages," the statement said.

The government has also directed that spread of such messages should be immediately contained through the application of appropriate technology.

It has also been pointed out that "such platform cannot evade accountability and responsibility especially when good technological inventions are abused by some miscreants who resort to provocative messages which lead to spread of violence."

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  • baburajan

    whatsapp is a digital world. this is the aim of PM to make India digital. Only educating the politicians is most needed in this regard first. then they have to take steps to make awareness and alertness of both sides of the modern world. blindly supporting causes crimes.
    4 months ago reply
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