New Delhi: WhatsApp executives, including COO Matthew Idema, have met IT Secretary and other Indian government officials. The company has initiated to combat circulation of fake messages on the platform .that have even incited mob lynching incidents.
According to government sources, Idema met IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney on Monday to discuss steps being taken by the Facebook-owned company to tackle fake news.
The company’s proposed payments service—that is awaiting government nod—also came up for discussion, they added.
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has over one billion users worldwide. Out of them, 200 million users are from India. Users in India “forward more messages, photos and videos, than any other country in the world.”
WhatsApp officials have also engaged with the Election Commission (EC) and assured them that it will take various steps ahead of polls to prevent the misuse of its platform, and bring to India its fake news verification model ‘Verificado’ that has been used in other markets like Brazil and Mexic