Kohima, April 18 (NE): Amidst Coronavirus crisis, lots of fake news, misinformation and hate speech messages are being circulated in various social media and instant messaging platforms. Considering this situation, Nagaland Police issued an advisory to the members and admins of social media groups.
A brief advisory regarding the responsibilities every social media user and admin should take amidst this coronavirus outbreak.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AS A MEMBER OF GROUPS IN MESSAGING PLATFORMS
– 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 the 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
http://www.cybercrime.gov.in , http://www.police.nagaland.gov.in 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 YOU SHOULD DO AS AN ADMIN OF MESSAGING PLATFORMS
– 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.
Further, the people are advised to stay away from fake news and hate speeches, said the advisory issued by the office of the DGP, Nagaland on Friday, April 17, 2020.