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Should WhatsApp be held accountable for lynchins?

Aug 13,2018 | 09:52 am

In an article discussing the rise in lynchings and mob violence due to rumors being spread on WhatsApp, Mishi Choudhary wrote a section arguing the complicated nature of matter and government responsibility for maintaining law and order, and possible fixes available for social media platforms. She wrote, “As a range of organisations led by SFLC.in have pointed out, WhatsApp allows people to be added to groups without their knowledge or consent. This is a bug in the platform that causes increased social risk, because socially inflammatory messaging is easily spread by adding people to groups formed for the purpose of incitement. These are groups that these people would probably never join on their own.

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