WhatsApp has announced limits on the distribution of messages by its 200 million Indian users to stop a flood of terrible lynching and mitigate the government's threats in their largest market.
More than 20 people have been slaughtered In the last two months all over India, crazy mobs were charged with being accused of kidnapping children and spreading other crimes in viral messages via WhatsApp.
On late Thursday, the Indian government threatened to take legal action against WhatsApp. Means "for the spreading of malicious rumors" can not escape responsibility and responsibility. "
The Facebook-owned company responded on Friday with an announcement that tests its users' ability to limit messages and limit the number of contacts or groups at five that these messages can be forwarded.
It also said It said it would "remove the fast-forward button next to the media news," a statement said.
"We'd love that these changes – which we'll continue to evaluate -? will help keep WhatsApp as it was designed: a private messaging app, "the company said.
Under pressure from the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the company had already announced new features to help users identify messages
WhatsApp had also purchased full-page ads in Indian newspapers with tips on finding misinformation.
But in a sharp statement released late Thursday, the Indian IT ministry said that was not enough.
The uncontrolled circulation of irresponsible bulk messages on their platform was not adequately handled by WhatsApp, "the ministry said.
"If WhatsApp remains silent, they are responsible for being treated as supporters." It said.
In India, people on WhatsApp continue to receive more news, photos and videos than any other country in the world, the company said.
In his statement, the Ministry a WhatsApp was also called to allow the "traceability" of provocative or startling news when an official request is made.
But the platform on Friday was again clear that their users' privacy was paramount and messages should remain "end-to-end" encrypted ".
– Chocolates for children –
lynching Nothing new in India, but the proliferation of smartphones – there are a billion cell phones and data are cheap – to the remotest corners of India has made it possible to share rumors at the speed of light.
The last incident last Friday saw a 27 year-old software engineer offered by a group of more than 2,000 people in the southern state of Karnataka to him and his friends beaten to death chocolates to the children on site.
Fatal attacks were also on Muslims through "cow protection" groups, based on Driving highways and inspecting livestock trucks Cows are sacred to the majority Hindu community.
Indian authorities have reconnaissance cam campaigns and patrols and internet blackouts in some areas, but the measures have so far had limited success.
An official "rumor breaker" was beaten Death in the northeast in June
Earlier this week, India's Supreme Court told the government to pass new laws to combat lynching and punish offenders.
WhatsApp is severely disrupted in China, causing people to homegrown – and unencrypted – WeChat, but elsewhere in Asia and beyond and other tech firms are under attack for spreading "fake news".
Key media organizations, often in partnership with major technology and social media companies, have stepped up fact-checking and other steps to support fact-based journalism.
Internet companies, after initial reluctance to define themselves as "media", have increasingly sought to identify false messages and "curate" stories from "trusted" news sources.
In Pakistan, WhatsApp began this week with a weeklong advertising campaign that included tips to detect counterfeit news before the July 25 election.
In India, the company is in talks with the government on combating spam news in the run-up to the upcoming elections and a fake-new-verification model similar to what has recently happened in Mexico, the Economic Times reported Friday.
WhatsApp bought full-page ads in Indian newspapers with tips to uncover misinformation