WhatsApp been in the news of late for being used as a medium to transmit fake news, and the Indian Government had sent a notice to the company warning it to put a stop to it. The issue which was termed “explosive messages filled with rumors” saw WhatsApp reply back to the government’s queries to the committee that comprises of an internal group of officers, who are now mulling over the idea of sending a second one.
According to a report by the Economic Times, a reliable source in the IT Ministry has asked the committee of officers to identify specific technical measures in consultation with experts that can then be suggested to WhatsApp for implementation.
The committee thinks that if WhatsApp has the ability to target specific groups and individuals according to their preferences for advertising purposes then it can also do the same to identify those with provocative messages and rumors. According to the report the government has put WhatsApp payments on hold until this present issue is fixed.
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WhatsApp, in its letter to the government, mentions that it has taken positive steps to prevent the spread of rumors like the feature that prevents people from being added back to a group they have left. Besides this the company plans to run campaigns and advertisements to address the issue of the spread of rumors and misinformation on its platform, as well as hold workshops and conduct news.
WhatsApp on its part has been working on its business products like WhatsApp Business along with a bunch of new features. It has also launched a Digital Literacy campaign to ward off and curb the spread of fake news.