The court in India pronounced that Admin users of WhatsApp could indeed be held accountable for the content posted in the group chats.
Messaging platform, Whatsapp has recently come under the spotlight in India. The most recent incident saw the administrator of a WhatsApp group face arrest after a defamatory image of the Prime Minister of the country was shared on a WhatsApp group created by the administrator.
The court in India pronounced that Admin users of WhatsApp could indeed be held accountable for the content posted in the group chats. This case sparked debate in South Africa around whether a WhatsApp group admin can be held liable for defamatory content that is shared in the group, even if the admin didn’t share the content themselves.
Simon Colman, Executive Head: Digital Distribution at SHA Specialist Underwriters, says that it is not clear whether South African courts would adopt the same approach as in India. “Local courts are however likely to be influenced by global trends with regards to accountability in the social media space. Much of what is being seen in India and other territories has arisen out of the proliferation of fake news. Social media by its very nature has a viral Click here to read entire article
Source:: IT News Africa