State Police warns misuse of social media

State Police warns misuse of social media
DIMAPUR, APR 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/17/2020 11:36:57 AM IST

Taking serious note of fake news, misinformation and hate speech messages being circulated on instant messaging platforms, like WhatsApp, etc. Nagaland Police has issued advisory for members and admins of such groups on social media platforms to take note of. 

What should a member do

 Do not post fake news, hate speech or misinformation in groups. It’s an offence under Section 54 of DMA 2005, Section 66 and 79 of IT Act 2008 and Section 505 of IPC. 

 Do not further forward or circulate any such news you get from other members of the group. 

 Immediately delete any post if you find it objectionable or if admin has notified you. 

 Check the source and veracity of any news/image/video/meme you receive, before positing it on the group. 

 If you find any piece of misinformation, fake news or hate speech, report it on, or to your nearest police station, and also inform your group admin immediately. 

 Never share any content that is violent, pornographic and discriminative against any religion/community. It’s an offence under Section 54 of DMA 2005, Section 66 and 79 of IT Act 2008 and Section 505 of IPC. 

What should an Admin do 

 Ensure that every group member is reliable and responsible enough to share only verified news. 

 Inform all the group members about the rules of posting in the group. 

 Warn all the members and prevent them from sharing objectionable content. 

 Actively and regularly monitor content that is being shared on the group. 

 It is advisable that if the group is uncontrollable, then the group settings can be changed to only where admins have the right to post. 

 Inform the police if any members resort to mischief and share objectionable content. 

 Consequences: The admins as well as the users posting such objectionable content will be punished under (See Table)

Police warned of stern action against perpetrators and reminded that the law enforcement agencies have power under law to take legal action against anyone who spreads rumors and causes a state of panic and unrest between religious communities.

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