WhatsApp curbs India services after the lynching outbreak
Why has WhatsApp announced is the reduction of the forwarding services in India
WhatsApp has implemented new restrictions on message forward in an attempt to combat the wave of mob killings in India.
The killings are fueled by false rumors spread about the messaging app that the victims belonged to the members of child-kidnapping gangs. The Times of India reports that more than 20 people are killed by gangs in the past two months. The killings have mainly occurred in rural villages in India, according to Sky News.
The Indian government has recently the fault of the Facebook-owned service for not stopping false information, and called for “immediate action” to prevent the social media platform to be misused to spread rumors and irresponsible statements that lead to mob violence.
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WhatsApp, which is “shocked” by the lynchings, announced the changes in a blog post Thursday. “We will be launching a test to limit forwarding which apply to everyone with WhatsApp,” it explained. “In India, where the people forward more messages, photos and videos than any other country in the world — we will also have a test with a lower limit of 5 chats at the same time and we remove the fast forward button in addition to the messages in the media.
The Facebook-owned messaging app has not revealed what the global limit will be, but The Indian Express reports that the 20 chats. The current limit of 250 chats.
The killings are also fuelled by rumours that the victims were beef eaters and cow slaughterhouses. Cows are revered in Hinduism, India’s majority religion.
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India’s highest court on Tuesday asked the federal government to consider enacting a law to deal with an increase of lynchings and mob violence.
The Supreme court said that “terrible deeds of the army” can not be allowed to a new standard, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
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