New Delhi: WhatsApp in a petition in Delhi High Court this week said that enabling identification of the first originator of information on its platform in India puts end-to-end encryption and its benefits at risk, as it urged the court to pass direction to declare this requirement ultra vires the IT Act.
The petition by the Facebook-owned instant messenger has yet again fuelled the raging debate on privacy and encryption.
Meanwhile, social media has been lately flooded with a viral message stating that after the implementation of the new IT rules, all your WhatsApp calls will be recorded and the government will monitor the activities apart from all your messages. It is also being claimed in the message that WhatsApp has implemented a new tick system – two blue ticks and one red tick –which will mean that the government can take action, while three red ticks will mean that the government has started the court action respectively.
PIB Fact Check has out rightly rejected all the above claims in its fact-checked tweet and has warned the users against such messages.
एक वायरल मैसेज में दावा किया जा रहा है कि भारत सरकार द्वारा अब ‘नए संचार नियम’ के तहत सोशल मीडिया और फोन कॉल की निगरानी रखी जाएगी।#PIBFactCheck: यह दावा फ़र्ज़ी है।
भारत सरकार द्वारा ऐसा कोई नियम लागू नहीं किया गया है।
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— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) May 27, 2021
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