WhatsApp group directors can heave a sigh of aid.
Following two directives issued in April by two separate state governments that made social media group directors answerable for content material circulated by different members of the group, the Delhi Excessive Courtroom has now dominated out any such chance.
This comes as a welcome transfer in an more and more delicate our on-line world in India, the place the state authorities and civil society is engaged in a debate on web censorship.
In one of many above talked about directives, a senior official within the politically turbulent state ofJammu & Kashmir had referred to as for obligatory registration of all “WhatsApp information teams” and the monitoring of registered teams by state authorities.
The April round had additionally said that group admins can be held accountable for any content material that results in “untoward incidents”.
Later in August, a lady within the western Indian state of Maharashtra had filed an FIR towards the admin of a WhatsApp group she was part of citing the “circulation of lewd messages” about her.
The complainant additionally mentioned that the admin had “didn’t take motion towards a member” who was circulating such posts. Later, the accused had moved the Bombay Excessive Courtroom for quashing the FIR.
And in October, a WhatsApp group admin was arrested on fees of overseeing objectionable posts towards Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Social gathering leaders had gathered at a police station within the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and lodged a grievance towards the person.
WhatsApp is probably the most used prompt messaging software in India with over 160 million month-to-month lively customers and any legal guidelines regarding it could possibly have far-reaching implications.