Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh takes a dig at BJP's WhatsApp campaign plan

Published: Jul 30, 2020, 10:14 IST | PTI | Mumbai

The minister asked the Maharashtra police's cyber cell to keep a tab on WhatsApp groups to prevent rumour- mongering and spread of misinformation

Anil Deshmukh
Anil Deshmukh

Amid reports about Maharashtra BJP''s plan to launch a campaign to connect with the state's voters through WhatsApp, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday hoped it will not turn into a WhatsApp university. "WhatsApp university" is a term that has emerged for rumour mongering or circulation of fake content on the social media platform.

The minister asked the Maharashtra police's cyber cell to keep a tab on WhatsApp groups to prevent rumour- mongering and spread of misinformation. A news report in a Marathi daily stated that the saffron party's state unit was planning to link one-and-half crore voters by forming groups on WhatsApp.

"There is no harm in connecting with citizens over #WhatsApp & I am hopeful that this #campaign will not result in #WhatsAppUniversity.

@MahaCyber1 Please keep a close tab on WhatsApp groups if they are in use to mislead people & spread rumours," Deshmukh tweeted.

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