Srinagar, April 19: The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to make license compulsory to create a WhatsApp news group in the state. The step has been taken to curb the rumour mongers who spread rumours via social media app Whats App in the valley.
Pertinently the move comes a few days after mobile internet services were suspended for three days in Kashmir after 5 people were killed in the Handwara protest.
The administrators of WhatsApp news groups will have to get themselves registered with the government authorities within the next ten days to get a license. A circular issued by the Kashmir Divisional Commissioner, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, instructs users to first apply for a license to start WhatsApp news group.
The admins of these news groups will be responsible for all the content posted on the group and strict action against the violators will be taken.