WhatsApp to put control over message forwarding to discourage India lynch mobs

Facebook Inc's WhatsApp is all set to introduce a universal test measure to restrain messages sent on by its users.

WhatsApp said in a new statement after the spread of buzzes resulted into a number of slaughters in the Indian zone and actuated calls to take strict action from authorities.

Aggression caused by provocative fake messages in the Indian zone, WhatsApp's leading market with over 200 million users, has incited the administration demands to put a stop to movement of counterfeit texts and challenging content and caused a public relations nightmare.

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Fake messages regarding child kidnappers on WhatsApp have resulted in mass beatings in 2019 of over a dozen people in India, some of whom lost their lives.

In a blog post on July 19, announcing its international check of limits on forwards, WhatsApp stated, “We believe that these changes – which we'll continue to evaluate – will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app.”

Both moves are destined to discourage mass forwards with the Indian zone, a nation that WhatsApp states sends on more messages, pics and video recordings than any other nation.

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The newest changes were hailed by technology specialists.

As per Nikhil Pahwa, a co-founder of advocacy group Internet Freedom Foundation, “This change is going to make it difficult for people to forward messages, it's going to add a layer of friction to the process.”

WhatsApp will also meet non-government bodies and other groups in the national capital today to talk about methods to reduce the spread of fake messages, stated one source.

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India's technology bureau, which had already this month demanded that WhatsApp control and direct mistreatment stated in an announcement late on July 19 that it wished for better measures to make sure accountability and relieve law enforcement.

“When rumours and fake news get propagated by mischief mongers, the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability,” it stated. “If they remain, mute spectators, they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action.”

by Vijay Singh | Fri, Jul 20 - 04:30 PM

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