WhatsApp admin cannot be held responsible for controversial posts,says court.

The arrest of a WhatsApp Group admin, due to controversial content posted by the members of that group hogged headlines recently.It was felt that it was unfair on the admin as no matter how hard the admins try, they cannot 'control' the flow of content.Now in a major decision by Delhi Court today, admins of such social media groups have been provided relief from such unnecessary legal action due to content posted by others. In the ruling, Delhi HC made it clear that the admins of WhatsApp group cannot be held responsible for any defamatory text or controversial content posted by its members. This means that police can no longer arrest admins of such groups now. The case was related to the admin of a WhatsApp group, Vishal Dubey. The group was created by disgruntled homeowners (who had formed an association) of a real estate company, who felt cheated and deceived due to non-delivery of their flats in Gurugram (formerly Gurgaon), and continuous delay and excuses from the promoters of the company.This is a welcome respite for Whatsapp admins from legal complexities.

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