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Union Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asks WhatsApp to find a tech solution to trace origin of fake messages

Team SoOLEGAL 21 Aug 2018 5:30pm

Union Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asks WhatsApp to find a tech solution to trace origin of fake messages

Post a meeting with WhatsApp Head Chris Daniels, the Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the company has been asked to set up a local entity and find a tech solution to check on the origin fake messages being circulated on the platform.

The Facebook-owned company which has come under fire in recent days – for circulation of fake messages inciting mob lynching incidents – has also been asked to set up a corporate entity in India.

The Minister also said that for its banking/financial services, the company has been asked to store data in India.

Further, Prasad said that the company has also been asked to find a “technological solution” to ensure traceability of fake messages being spread in bulk in a particular area in the country.

 “... I flagged in particular, which I had said earlier also, it does not take rocket science to locate a message being circulated in hundreds and thousands... you must have a mechanism to find a solution,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said adding that Whatsapp may possibly face abetment charges if no action is taken.

WhatsApp, which has been in talks with the Indian government after being issued notices by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to work out a more effective solution to deal with fake news, has assured that it is working towards complying with all these needs, Prasad said.

WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels, however, declined to comment on the meeting. 

Tagged: Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad   Ravi Shankar Prasad   WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels   WhatsApp   Mob Lynching Incidents  
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