RAIPUR: Police arrested Ravi Pujar, 31-year-old engineering student from Chhattisgarh for allegedly running fake FB accounts and posting comments that could be dangerous to social harmony.
His most popular fake account was in the name of ‘Nisha Jindal’ which he had created using the picture of a Pakistani model. This account was followed by well-known businessmen, journalists, and activists.
The cyber cell tracked him by sending him a friend request. Through chats they understood how he functioned.
To make his followers learn about the fake account, police posted a picture of him with a comment on his FB account ‘I am in police custody, I am Nisha Jindal.’
Meanwhile, in a bid to curb the flow of misinformation in COVID-19 times, Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday announced to introduce a new limit on frequently forwarding messages where a WhatsApp user can forward such messages to one chat at a time.
This limit kicks in once a message has been previously forwarded five times or more, the company said in a statement.
WhatsApp which has over 400 million users in India last year introduced users to the concept of messages that have been forwarded many times.
These messages are labeled with double arrows to indicate they did not originate from a close contact.
In effect, these messages are less personal compared to typical messages sent on WhatsApp.
“We are now introducing a limit so that these messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time,” the company said in a statement.
The company said it bans two million accounts per month for attempting to send bulk or automated messages.
WhatsApp set global limits on forwarded messages to constrain virality in January last year where it restricted forwarding messaging to five times from an individual or a group.
“We set limits on forwarded messages to constrain virality which led to a 25 per cent decrease in message forwards globally at the time,” informed WhatsApp.