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“WhatsApp news groups” need to register with Social Media Center in Kashmir

'WhatsApp news groups’ in Jammu and Kashmir should be registered with the District Social Media Center in the next 10 days the state government has ordered in response to violence in the region, reports CatchNews. It’s not clear how the state machinery plans to differentiate between 'news groups' and informal WhatsApp groups created by users. The circular by the government further mentions that group admins of each group will be responsible for all the posts on their group and for "any irresponsible remarks/deals leading to untoward incidents". The government will take actions against admins of groups that do not comply, although what action will be taken is not clear. The circular: Note that the state government had already shut down mobile internet in some parts of Kashmir last week. Affected areas included Srinagar, Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts. In September…

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