As the most-popular instant messaging app around the world, WhatsApp is a name that needs no introduction. In India, it s used by just about everyone who owns a smartphone, with countless forwarded messages, photos, and videos shared among users on a daily basis. However, this popularity has also made WhatsApp the preferred tool for spreading fake news and propaganda.
Back in July, the government had directed WhatsApp to take steps to prevent distribution of fake news through its platform. The directive came after numerous incidents of public lynching, which were the direct result of provocative and inaccurate messages circulated via WhatsApp, came to light.
Now, the Facebook-owned service is taking steps to tackle the situation. According to ET, WhatsApp is looking to hire a legal head in India to advise the company on matters related to policy and litigation.
The report mentions that the candidate for associate general counsel should be able to manage a litigation portfolio, including litigation arising out of regulatory matters, intellectual property, privacy, integrity, telecommunications, and encryption, and advise the firm on compliance, privacy and payments issues.
Quoting a person familiar with the development, the ET report says, We can say that this position is equivalent to that of a legal head for WhatsApp in India.
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The news comes just two days after WhatsApp appointed a grievance officer for India. The company has also detailed the process users must follow to flag concerns and complaints, including those around fake news.