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A legal notice received to WhatsApp for middle finger emoji

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New Delhi , Dec 26, 2017: An advocate on Tuesday sent a legal notice to mobile messaging app WhatsApp, asking it to remove the “middle finger” emoji within 15 days.

Gurmeet Singh, who practices as a lawyer in city courts here, said showing the middle finger is not only illegal but an obscene and lewd gesture — an offence in India.

In the notice, the advocate said: “…showing of middle finder is not only offensive but a highly belligerent, invasive, obscene, lewd gesture.”

“As per the Indian Penal Code Sections 354 and 509, it is an offence to show obscene, lewd, offensive gestures to females. Use of a lewd, offensive, obscene gesture by anyone is hereby illegal also as aforesaid. As per section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994 showing of the middle finger is also an offence in Ireland,” Mr Singh stated in his notice.

“By offering to use middle finger emoji in your app, you (WhatsApp Inc) are directly abetting the use of offensive, lewd, obscene gesture,” the notice said. Emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion.

Therefore, it is requested that the middle finger emoji or character or photo must be removed from WhatsApp within 15 days from the date of the present legal notice, it said, threatening to file civil or criminal cases if the app fails to remove it. (IANS)

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WhatsApp adds feature to check ‘Delete for Everyone’ misuse

The platform has decided to choose 24 hours of time reference because a user can delete a message for everyone

Whatsapp rolls out two new updates. VOA
  • WhatsApp adds a new feature to check misuse
  • The feature will check misuse of ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature
  • The feature is brought in because of users’ request

WhatsApp is testing a new feature called “block revoke request” to prevent people from misusing the “Delete for Everyone” feature.

According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, in order to stop such bad users, the messaging platform has implemented the new feature.

WhatsApp adds new feature to check misuse of features.

“A new WhatsApp for iOS update (2.18.31) is available on Apple AppStore. It is a bug fixes update but it has the new ‘Delete for everyone’ limit, that is one hour, eight minutes and 16 seconds,” read the information on the website on Monday.

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“When the user deletes a message for everyone, WhatsApp sends to the recipient(s) a new message having the same ID of the message that the user wants to revoke,” the post added.

Earlier, when a recipient received this particular message containing the revoke request, WhatsApp checked if the ID of the message was present in the database and if the original message was found, it directly deleted it without checking any other important information.

Now it will take 24 hours before users can delete a message.

The platform has decided to choose 24 hours of time reference because a user can delete a message for everyone and the recipient’s phone might be turned off at that moment. IANS

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