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Kupwara order asks ‘public’ WhatsApp groups to be registered, admins to delete fake info

Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district has passed an order (on 1 March) which mandates that group admins of all "public or community WhatsApp groups" register with the DC's office. The order mentions Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but only seems to focus on WhatsApp groups. According to the order, rumor-mongering by 'anti-social elements', and the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are behind the clampdown. MediaNama was unable to independently verify this order. In #Kashmir #whatsapp group admins are being asked to "register" the groups with authorities.This apparently is being done to prevent rumours etc before #2019LokSabhaelections.Will other states authorities take similar steps.Intersting to see how will "IT cells" respond. pic.twitter.com/ieIGSd1XVA — Azaan Javaid (@AzaanJavaid) March 3, 2019 What the order states  Media Monitoring Committee: A Media Certification and Monitoring Committee has been formed by the district deputy commissioner's office to "monitor distribution of…

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