WhatsApp has promised to develop tools that will combat fake messages and stop dangerous rumours spreading like wildfire.
Chris Daniels, CEO, gave the assurance to India’s information technology minister during a meeting in New Delhi.
His announcement comes after Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT minister, asked the company to work out ways to trace the origin of ‘sinister’ messages, like those that led to a series of mob beatings across the country this year.
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‘It does not need rocket science to locate a message,’ Prasad said after his meeting.
India is WhatsApp’s biggest market with more than 200 million users and one where it says people forward more messages, photographs and videos than any other country.
There are also concerns that supporters of political parties could use social media platforms such as WhatsApp to spread false messages in the run-up to India’s national elections in 2019.
In July, WhatsApp said message forwards will be limited to five chats at a time, whether among individuals or groups, and said it will remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages.
IT minister Prasad also said WhatsApp was working with law enforcement agencies to tackle the problem and was planning a big campaign to educate consumers about fake messages.
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