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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 Beta for Android Supports ‘Fingerprint Lock’

But before that you need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.19.221 Android beta, WABetaInfo informed

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After introducing the screen lock feature for iOS beta users more than three months ago, WhatsApp has now started rolling out a similar feature called “Fingerprint lock” for Android beta users, the media reported.

When this feature is enabled, users will have to use fingerprint to open WhatsApp. But users will still be able to answer calls even when WhatsApp is locked, WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates, reported on Tuesday.

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FILE – Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

If you want to enable it, you need to open WhatsApp “Settings” and then go the “Account” and then to the “Privacy” section where one can spot the “Fingerprint lock”.

But before that you need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.19.221 Android beta, WABetaInfo informed.

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“Previous update might get the feature as well, but WhatsApp is always used to enable features in recent updates (that might contain bug fixes and improvements for the feature), so you should install the 2.19.221 update as above mentioned,” said the report. (IANS)