The three women and one man, all in their twenties, where imprisoned Friday in Dakar after a judge charged them with sharing an offensive image and criminal conspiracy, Bassirou Sakho, the lawyer of one of the women told AFP.
According to local media, police are searching for a fifth person who is currently in The Gambia for allegedly sending the image via the messaging application.
A member of the WhatsApp group had alerted police, according to local media.
Punishment in the west African country for sending offensive images ranges from one month to two years imprisonment with fines of up to 300,000 CFA francs ($515, 457 euros).
Senegal is widely considered one of the continent's most stable democracies.
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