Police officers from the Maharashtra Police Unit have been asked to become part of as many as WhatsApp groups. This step has been taken because of the recent incidence of Dhule, western Maharashtra, happened because of the rumours spread through WhatsApp.
On 1st July, five people had died in Dhule district, the protest has been organised by various organisations.
According to a fake message which went viral on WhatsApp, people in Dhule ended in beating up five people to death. There have been many such incidents over the last few days on the basis of the news spread on social media.
According to the Mid-Day Report, the police officer gave the order to become the member of whatsApp groups informally. It has been instructed to take appropriate action to stop people from spreading rumours.
Recently, DGP Datta Pansalgikar has appealed citizens to register such cases with police immediately, where they feel such information might be harmful to society. If there is a threat, hatred message and if you think this can cause a lot of trouble report it to the police, the police will take the necessary steps to prevent it.
Instead of broadcasting anything on WhatsApp or other social media, it is advised to first verify the link, rumours with the local police.
Soon, WhatsApp is going to launch a new feature in India, to tackle the fake news and the rumours which gets viral over WhatsApp.