Bulletin, India, August 28, 2018
Note: Originally published  on CNN
Officials from India have asked the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp to begin tracing hoax messages, and the company has denied this request. The WhatsApp CEO (Chris Daniels) met the Indian technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier this month in New Delhi to discuss the matter of widespread misinformation.
Carl Woog (WhatsApp spokesperson) said, "People rely on WhatsApp for all kinds of sensitive conversations, including with their doctors, banks and families. This (tracing messages) would undermine end-to-end encryption and the private nature of WhatsApp, creating the potential for serious misuse."
Woog went on to say that WhatsApp will not weaken its existing privacy protection by allowing external tracing.
Whatsapp recently took out newspaper ads to address the problem of spreading misinformation
In addition to public advertorial spending, the team at WhatsApp has also introduced strict mechanisms such as limits over how many chats an Indian user can forward simultaneously, thereby restricting potential spam behavior. There are also new labels indicative of the fact that the message has been 'forwarded' and not 'composed'.
Woog, in his closing remarks, said, ""Our focus remains working closer with others in society to educate people about misinformation and help keep people safe."