From August onwards, there is a difference of opinion between the Indian government and WhatsApp regarding the fake news. The Indian government had asked to allow the Tracking of Messages from WhatsApp. But Facebook-owned company denied doing so due to privacy.
After refusing the electronics and IT, ministries are preparing to send another official letter to the company. Through this letter, the government will alert the company that if it does not fulfil the demand of the government, then the WhatsApp could be banned in the country. This will be the third official letter from July to date.
Fake News and rumours spread through WhatsApp, have been exposed to incidents like lynching. Chris Daniel, CEO of WhatsApp, had met Union Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad sometime ago in Delhi. The government was transparent and want some stable steps by messaging App which should stop the spreading of fake news.
The government had laid down three conditions.
- Fake news and rumours should be stopped on WhatsApp and effective solution for this.
- To make the office to work in India.
- Find technical solutions for the origination of fake messaging and appoint officials for the complaint settlement.
Considering these demands of the government, Facebook-owned Company has made many other changes so that there are no fraudulent reports. WhatsApp has limited sending out a forwarded message to just five which previously was 250.
WhatsApp also let us know which is forwarded message as well, but the government isn’t satisfied. The government says that if WhatsApp doesn’t want to compromise its message encryption, then they have to give another technical instrument.
WhatsApp has 1.5 billion active users in India and India is its biggest market. The company is also thinking of bringing some new services like payment platforms and advertisers for service.