Administrators of thousands of WhatsApp groups here in Madhya Pradesh have changed their group settings and forbid other members from posting on behalf of the district government to curb fake news and posts during the coronavirus crisis. Indore Collector Manish Singh issued an order on Monday instructing the administrators of all WhatsApp groups in the district to restrict other members’ posts.
Therefore, the group administrators have changed the settings to allow only them to post on the platform. “Government officials dealing with the coronavirus outbreak have faced several challenges from flooding fake news, inflammatory messages and social media rumors. Hopefully, this order will help prevent the spread of misinformation on social media,” he said. a district administration. official told PTI.
Rajesh Dandotia said cases have been registered in two parts of the city’s police station under Indian criminal law and information technology for distributing fake coronavirus messages on social media, said additional police superintendent (crime department). So far, three people, including two WhatsApp group administrators, have been arrested here in connection with these cases, he said.
Earlier, police were given indications that the April 1 stone sheet incident in the Tatpatti Bakhal area occurred here following rumors spread on social media. Two female doctors were injured after stones were pelted on them as they entered the area for contact tracing of COVID-19 patients.
To date, 151 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Indore, an industrial center. Of these, 13 people died during treatment.
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