WhatsApp to clamp down on ‘sinister’ messages

WhatsApp chief government officer Chris Daniels gave the peace of mind to India’s info expertise minister Ravi Shankar Prasad throughout a gathering in New Delhi.

Prasad had requested the corporate to work out methods to hint the origin of “sinister” messages, like people who led to a collection of mob beatings throughout the nation this 12 months.

“It doesn’t want rocket science to find a message,” Prasad stated after his assembly, including that the U.S. tech big had agreed to call a grievance officer to take care of points in India.

A Fb spokeswoman in India didn’t reply to a request for remark.

India is WhatsApp’s largest market with greater than 200 million customers and one the place it says folks ahead extra messages, images and movies than another nation.

There are additionally considerations that supporters of political events may use social media platforms equivalent to WhatsApp to unfold false messages within the run-as much as India’s nationwide elections in 2019.

In July, WhatsApp mentioned message forwards can be restricted to 5 chats at a time, whether or not amongst people or teams, and stated it would take away the short ahead button positioned subsequent to media messages.

IT minister Prasad additionally stated WhatsApp was working with legislation enforcement businesses to deal with the issue and was planning an enormous marketing campaign to teach customers about faux messages.


WhatsApp can even adjust to the Reserve Financial institution of India’s (RBI) directive of April that stated all funds corporations working within the nation ought to begin storing knowledge domestically for “unfettered supervisory entry”, Prasad mentioned.

The central financial institution is presently engaged on tips associated to the directive, which has drawn protest from corporations akin to Mastercard, Visa and American Categorical who concern it might result in greater prices of organising information centres within the nation and weaken evaluation of worldwide fraud detection patterns.

Lack of readability over the RBI’s directive has delayed the launch of WhatsApp inter-financial institution cash switch service in India, which it had examined earlier this 12 months, a supply with direct information beforehand informed Reuters.

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