WhatsApp responds to a government notice, visits Twitter office after police refuse compliance

WhatsApp, on Monday, said that it had told the Indian government that the privacy of its users is that the company’s utmost priority. This comes after the ministry had sent a second notice to WhatsApp regarding the revocation of its updated privacy policy which was to return into effect from May 15th.

“We have skilled the govt of India’s letter and guaranteed them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority,” the corporate said during a statement on Monday. WhatsApp also said its update didn’t change the privacy of peoples’ personal messages and was only applicable on chats with business accounts.

WhatsApp responds to a government notice
WhatsApp responds to a government notice

WhatsApp earlier informed that it might limit the functionality of the app for the users who fail to simply accept the privacy policy. But following a worldwide backlash, WhatsApp later issued a press release saying, “We won’t limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works within the coming weeks. Instead, we’ll still remind users from time to time about the update”.

In separate news, Twitter on Thursday tagged a post by BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra as “manipulated media”, a term employed by social media platforms to denote fake or tampered media. This tag attracted attention from the Indian government as per which the US-based social media company’s action was termed as ‘biased’.

This is the second time a tweet by Sambhit Patra has been labeled ‘Manipulated Media’. the primary time it happened back in January when the BJP spokesperson had shared a video of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal during which the CM was made to sound like supporting the Farm Laws.

Twitter says it uses a mixture of technology and expert human review to label content. “In order to work out if media are significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated, we may use our own technology or receive reports through partnerships with third parties”, the corporate has explained during a blog.

Twitter has thus far refused to get rid of the labels from multiple tweets from various members of the country’s ruling party. As a result of this, Twitter’s India office received a visit from the Police after a complaint was filed against the social media platform. “Congress has filed the complaint. Police have the proper to inquire about it,” said R.P. Singh, a BJP spokesman, on Tuesday. “Twitter has also marked the tweet as ‘manipulated media’. Now Twitter must show the proof”.

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