Monday January 20, 2020
Home India Here’s ...

Here’s Why WhatsApp Won’t Trace Origin of Message in India

WhatsApp on Monday launched the second-leg of its “Share Joy, Not Rumours” education campaign to encourage the responsible use of its platform ahead of the Lok Sabha polls

0
//
whatsapp
WhatsApp has made a series of changes, including labeling forwarded messages to inform users when they have received something not from their immediate contacts. Pixabay

As experts demand Facebook-owned WhatsApp to disclose information about where a message in question has originated from, the company has reiterated that such proposed changes are overboard and are not consistent with the strong privacy protections that are important to people.

WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption by default which means only the sender and the recipient can see the messages in circulation — not even WhatsApp.

In a recent media workshop, WhatsApp categorically said that tracing the origin of message is not possible given the end-to-end encryption that it provides and it would require the company to re-architect WhatsApp, leading us to a different product, one that would not be fundamentally private.

“Imagine if every message you sent was kept with a record of the fact that you sent it and with a record of your phone number. That would not be a place for private communications,” said a WhatsApp spokesperson.

WhatsApp is removing over two million accounts per month for bulk or automated behaviour — over 75 per cent without a recent user report.

whatsapp
WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“These efforts are particularly important during elections where certain groups may attempt to send messages at scale,” said the company.

WhatsApp said its service is not a broadcast platform.

“We place limits on group sizes and how users send messages. Approximately 90 per cent of the messages sent on WhatsApp are from one person to another, and the majority of groups have fewer than 10 people. WhatsApp requires the message sender to know the phone number of the recipient,” said the company.

Also Read- Know What India Loves To Eat! Idli Makes It As The Most Ordered Food

WhatsApp on Monday launched the second-leg of its “Share Joy, Not Rumours” education campaign to encourage the responsible use of its platform ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

“We’re pleased that the recent changes we’ve made to limit viral content and educate users is having an impact. This work is never done — there is more that we can and will do,” WhatsApp India head Abhijit Bose said in a statement recently. (IANS)

Next Story

#WhatsAppDown Trends on Twitter As Messaging App WhatsApp Faces Outrage in India

People rushed to Twitter to report the issue

0
Twitter
After users reported on Twitter, WhatsApp was yet to notify users about how the problem began. Pixabay

WhatsApp users in several parts of the world, including in India, on Sunday took to Twitter to report several issues with the mobile messaging platform.

Millions of users were unable to share videos, photos and GIFs, audio and stickers and several of those said they were even unable to view WhatsApp Status feature.

According to Downdetetector.com, the problem started in the evening around 4 p.m. and alive outage map showed users in India, Europe, Brazil and in Southeast Asia were affected by the outage.

“WhatsApp is restoring the service. The server issue should be fixed now,” said WABetainfo.com, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp.

“2 min silence for the peoples who talked about the updates on last post,” tweeted one user.

“Stickers can be sent now, the service should be restored completely soon,” tweeted another.

WhatsApp was yet to notify users about how the problem began.

Twitter
#whatsappdown trended on twitter with 8,246 Tweets as a large number of reports from users stated that WhatsApp is currently down or not working. Pixabay

People rushed to Twitter to report the issue.

“Me waiting for my WhatsApp status update to actually upload. #whatsappdown,” tweeted a user.

Another joined: “RIP WhatsApp. Impossible mandate file multimedia.”

ALSO READ: OnePlus Plans To Bring Premium Technology for Offline Users in India

#whatsappdown trended on twitter with 8,246 Tweets as a large number of reports from users stated that WhatsApp is currently down or not working. (IANS)