The internet can be a wonderfully convenient tool, connecting people from across the world. Apps like WhatsApp can be used to sent a message or image or video to the other end of the world within a split second. But it is always necessary to use such tools with caution.
In Gujarat, one retired IAS official came under censure after posting inappropriate pictures of himself on a WhatsApp group which had other serving and retired members of the IAS -- both men and women. According to a leading daily, the individual in question is currently serving a sensitive post in the government.
The uploading up nude pictures and some other objectionable content on a professional group had led to an outcry, with angry members urging him to delete the messages. Following vocal protests from many members of the group, the man had finally deleted the posts. Reportedly, the incident had also reached the Gujarat Chief Minister's office, although no official response has so far been forthcoming.
While WhatsApp makes news headlines frequently, this case appears to be in an unique category of its own. Most news updates pertaining to WhatsApp, especially amid the COVID-19 lockdown, have been in the context of fake news.
In a recent incident, police officials exposed a Facebook user, Nisha Jindal -- a woman with a large fan following, who routinely posted posted incendiary messages. Police officials were rather surprised when, while going to arrest Jindal, discovered that the Facebook user was in reality a man named Ravi. The police however took a rather creative way to expose him, making Ravi post a picture of himself from his fake account.