A post from a person claiming to be an Infosys employee has gone viral on social media platforms today for all the wrong reasons. While India is observing a strict lockdown of 21 days to ensure social distancing and contain the dreadful Coronavirus, the post seemingly encourages people to do the opposite.
While there is still no clarity on if the person does actually work as a Senior Technology Architect at Infosys, which is what their Facebook and LinkedIn pages that have now been deleted claim, Infosys has acknowledged the fact that the company’s name is being wrongly used.
“Infosys is aware that someone claiming to be an Infosys employee has posted inappropriate content. We are investigating this internally, and will take appropriate action as needed. Infosys takes violations of its code of conduct seriously,” said the company through a tweet.
Regardless of whether he is an Infosys employee or not, posting such messages on social media during these unprecedented times can attract a strict punishment from the Government of India. “Whoever refuses to comply with any direction given by or on behalf of the Central Government or the State Government or the National Executive Committee or the State Executive Committee or the District Authority under this Act, shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine, or with both, and if such obstruction or refusal to comply with directions results in loss of lives or imminent danger thereof, shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years,” says the Disaster Management Act, which has now been invoked in the country.
Furthermore, even the circulation of such inappropriate messages on social media platforms would also be recognized as a criminal offence so it would be prudent on the part of netizens to refrain from sharing the objectionable post.