Maharashtra lynching: Kin of five victims refuse to take bodies
Maharashtra lynching: Kin of five victims refuse to take bodies
Now, 5 Lynched By Villagers In Maharashtra Over Child-Lifting Rumours
04 July, 2018, 18:11
"We're horrified by these awful acts of violence and wanted to respond quickly to the very important issues you have raised", WhatsAppsaid in the letter. "The ministry has taken note of these incidents as well as the circulation of provocative rumours being spread on the platforms", an official note from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology read. We believe that false news, misinformation and the spread of hoaxes are issues best tackled collectively: by government, civil society and technology companies working together.
The government has expressed its "deep disapproval" to instant messaging service company WhatsApp, over "irresponsible and explosive messages", warning it to prevent the spread of rumours that have incited several instance of violence in the country in the last two months.
Terming the "unfortunate killings" in states like Assam, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura and West Bengal as "deeply painful and regrettable", the IT Ministry said the abuse of platforms like WhatsApp "for repeated circulation of such provocative content" is a matter of deep concern.
At least 20 people have been killed in such brutal attacks since early May, and dozens more have been injured.
Rumours on WhatsApp about child kidnappers saw eight men killed in eastern Indian previous year but the same information has since resurfaced.
Five persons were on Sunday lynched by villagers of Rainpada, 25 km from Pimpalner, in Dhulia district of North Maharashtra on Sunday.
"If Facebook were to ban end-to-end encryption to be able to monitor what's happening on WhatsApp, chances are people will move to free software alternatives (that do the same)".
WhatsApp listed a number of steps it's taking to combat the menace of fake news.
It also said that WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted to protect user's privacy and security which creates an inability for WhatsApp to see problematic content spreading through private conversations on its app.
The firm has recently added a feature to its app preventing users from re-adding former members of messaging groups, and has enabled group administrators to decide who can send messages. For example, there is now a public beta test that is labelling any forwarded message.
The programme will make unrestricted awards of up to $50,000 (roughly Rs. 34,3 lakhs) per research proposal, WhatsApp said, adding that it was seeking proposals that explore the factors that lead to promotion of fake information including election-related misinformation.
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