WhatsApp subsidiary in India is taking legal action against new social media rules

At a time when the government of Narendra Modi is concerned about the deterioration of India’s image in the world because of the so-called “Indian” variant B.1.617 and is increasing the pressure on social networks, WhatsApp has taken legal action in Delhi’s High Court aims to prevent India from enforcing new social media rules that violate its privacy guarantees.

The Facebook subsidiary did not make the new regulations, which were published on Wednesday, 26. Further details on their approach.

In particular, the messaging system opposes the government’s “traceability” requirement, which requires social media to provide details about the “First author” Messages when Indian authorities believe they are violating Indian sovereignty, national security or public order.

“Require Messaging Applications They” follow “The discussions are like asking ourselves to keep a fingerprint of every message sent over WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption and violate people’s basic right to privacy.”says WhatsApp in a statement. The company, which claims to have more than 500 million users in India, emphasizes that it will continue to do so “Valid Legal Requests” Information from the authorities.

Facebook and Google have announced that they will endeavor to comply with the new guidelines.

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Pressure on social networks

The Indian government has said it wants to make rules that make social networks more responsible and stop the spread of it “Fake news”. However, his approach is seen as repressing his critics.

This week, police visited the New Delhi Twitter offices as part of an investigation into the social network’s decision to stamp “Manipulated Media” a tweet from a spokesman for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling Hindu nationalist party. BJP spokesman Sambit Patra had published a document he presented as a project of the opposition Party of Congress (AICC) to denigrate the government’s management of the health crisis. According to the AICC, the document was a forgery.

Last month, the government ordered Twitter and Facebook to remove dozens of posts criticizing Prime Minister Modi’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Twitter responded to some government demands earlier this year to freeze accounts, including criticism of its agricultural reforms, which thousands of farmers opposed. The platform lifted this ban in February.

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The world with AFP