Lynchings Case: WhatsApp Promises Steps To Curb Misuse


New Delhi: A spate of lynchings purportedly triggered by messages on its platform, WhatsApp on Wednesday said it is “horrified” by the “terrible acts of violence”, and outlined steps being taken by the company to curb abuse of the messaging platform.

The government had, on Tuesday, issued a stern warning to the social media platform asking it to take immediate measures to prevent the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages”. It has categorically told the popular messaging platform that it cannot evade its accountability on the issue.

An its response to the IT Ministry’s missive, WhatsApp has said false news, misinformation and spread of hoaxes are issues that need to be dealt with collectively, by government, civil society, and technology companies working together.
“WhatsApp cares deeply about people’s safety, which is why we designed our app with security in mind…,” it said.