“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.
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”.