Now Group Chats more secure on WhatsApp
New Delhi: Now WhatsApp will allow its users to decide whether they want to get added to groups on the instant messaging platform. This move assumes significance as the country is heading for elections and social media platforms are expected to play a major role in political campaigns to reach out to citizens in large numbers.
The Facebook-owned company said in its statement “WhatsApp groups continue to connect family, friends, coworkers, classmates and more. As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience. With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive.
Ahead of elections, the Indian government had warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country’s electoral process through undesirable means.
One of the amendments being mulled in the IT intermediary rules (meant for online and social media platforms) will require them to enable tracing out of such originators of information as needed by government agencies that are legally authorized.
However, WhatsApp has so far resisted the government’s demand for identifying message originators, arguing that such a move would undermine the end-to-end encryption and the private nature of the platform, creating potential for serious misuse.