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A legal notice received to WhatsApp for middle finger emoji

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Advocate Gurmeet Singh said showing the middle finger is an offence in India.
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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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YouTube videos can now be watched on WhatsApp messenger

WhatsApp launched a new feature which will allow you to watch YouTube videos in the messenger itself

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YouTube videos can now be watched in the WhatsApp messenger itself. Pixabay
YouTube videos can now be watched in the WhatsApp messenger itself. Pixabay
  • WhatsApp launched a new feature for iOS users
  • iOS users can watch YouTube videos on WhatsApp messenger
  • The feature requires a WhatsApp update to version 2.18.11

We all wished that we could watch YouTube videos while chatting on WhatsApp. Our wish has come true! WhatsApp has finally come up with a new feature for iOS users where they can play YouTube videos right within the WhatsApp messenger.

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All you need to do is update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.11 update on Apple App Store, that brings bug fixes and general improvements, in order to remotely receive the activation of this feature.

This new feature is for iOS user only, it is yet to be launched for android. Pixabay
This new feature is for iOS user only, it is yet to be launched for android. Pixabay

Once WhatsApp is updated, you will be able to watch YouTube videos whenever someone sends you a YouTube link. You no longer will have to move out of the WhatsApp messenger to watch it.

To view a YouTube video on WhatsApp, users simply have to share or receive the URL in a chat and they will see the play button in a bubble.

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Earlier, when users clicked on the link, the YouTube video would open in YouTube app installed on the smartphones.

To use this feature you need to update your WhatsApp version to 2.18.11. Pixabay
To use this feature you need to update your WhatsApp version to 2.18.11. Pixabay

“Fortunately, WhatsApp has worked to allow videos not to be stopped when the user changes the chat,” WABetaInfo said.

The update is yet to come to Android and Windows users.

WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide. (IANS)

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