Not enough! Find more effective steps” Govt response to Whatsapp

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New Delhi: Even as instant messaging App Whatsapp has capped forwarding message option, the Government of India today asked the facebook owned company to find more effective solutions to check rumour mongers.

“Whatsapp has been requested today to come out with more effective solutions that can bring in accountability and facilitate enforcement of law in addition to their efforts towards labelling forwards and identifying fake news. It has been conveyed to them in unmistakable terms that it is a very serious issue which deserves a more sensitive response” the Ministry of Electronics and IT said today.

“Reports in the media resonate the general sentiment that there is much more that needs to be done by Whatsapp. There is a need for bringing in traceability and accountability when a provocative / inflammatory message is detected and a request is made by law enforcement agencies.  When rumours and fake news get propagated by mischief mongers, the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability. If they remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action” the ministry added.

Earlier, Whatsapp in a blog post has announced limiting forwarding message option to 5.

“Today, we’re launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp. In India – where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world – we’ll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we’ll remove the quick forward button next to media messages” Whatsapp said.

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