An autorickshaw driver from Murudeshwar district in Karnataka was arrested after a morphed photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, posted on a WhatsApp group he administered. He is the administrator of a WhatsApp group named as ‘The Balse Boys’. He is 30-year-old and he is identified as Krishna Sannathamma Naik, he is been detained by the police of Uttar Kannada district including two people along with him.
They were sharing some derogatory content related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in their WhatsApp group. Three days ago a complaint was registered against the WhatsApp group which was spreading a false information and obscene images of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the joint order issued by Yogeshwar Ram Mishra, the District Magistrate of Varanasi and Nitin Tiwari, the Senior Superintendent of Police, the administrators of social media groups such as WhatsApp and Facebook will be responsible if rumors or morphed images or any other offensive data will be circulated by any group which can hurt religious sentiments or create tension is posted on the group.
According to the orders “There are several groups on social media which are names of newsgroups and groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is not authentic. These are being forwarded without cross checking” the joint press conference had said.
Uttara Kannada Superintendant of Police Vinayak Patil told the media that the case has been filed against these people in two separate issues one is under the IT Act and the other one is for assault. S P Vinayak Patil said that “After the photograph was posted, two villagers approached the group admin and asked to take the post down. However, he assaulted the two villagers. Later, two members of the WhatsApp group raised an objection and the three accused assaulted them”.
Shyam Sundar, a lawyer from the city said “Most websites don’t have content-based filtration, which in turn allows the circulation of content that at the time proves to be dangerous for a particular person or a group or community in general. There are laws in place to curb such practice. It is true that the admin can’t be held responsible for each and every post, but one should always keep a tab on the activity of the group members as admin are liable for prosecution under certain laws.”