In an effort to control the increasing spread of false information through social media, the Anna University has decided to blacklist students spreading rumours, reports Ram M Sundaram of The New Indian Express.
This decision was reportedly taken after 'rumours' that began during the placement season in the last semester. Several students apparently did not attend on-campus placements after they read false messages claiming the session was cancelled. In order to avoid such incidents in the future, the University has sent out circulars to its students about the punishment for spreading rumours. It has further stated that those who believe these rumours and fail to verify the information will be barred from placements.
A student from the University, however, denied receiving any such circular.
Mohammad Rashid, a final year student in Anna University further told The News Minute that, "There are representatives selected from students of the university departments and made part of a Whatsapp group for placement information."
One or two students from each class are reportedly selected and added to a whatsapp group with University authorities. These students then disseminate important information to the others in the class.
"In addition to this, other important information is given to us by the Dean. This includes circulars on exam dates, any postponement of tests and the like," he added.
This move, if implemented, as per the TNIE's report, could help curb the spread of false information to students at a crucial juncture of their academic tenure.