WhatsApp, Govt Discuss Ways to Trace Messages to Curb Fake News

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Facebook-owned peer-to-peer messaging platform WhatsApp’s executives held discussions with government officials on tracing messages which trigger public unrest.

In a drive to curb fake news, the government had demanded that the company find a solution to trace the messages being shared on the app, which the company initially declined to do.

During WhatsApp chief Chris Daniel’s India visit in October, information technology (IT) minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had sought a technological solution from WhatsApp to trace the origin of fake messages. He also threatened abetment charges if no action is taken.

According to reports, WhatsApp initiated a video conference with the government representatives. However, emphasized the government’s points without providing a final response on the issues discussed under the agenda: “technical issues on traceability”.

On the other hand, the government’s move to get further access to the private conversations of Indians as a step to curb fake news would put WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption at stake.

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