India’s government allegedly asked telecoms to work out how to block messaging programs if they’re misused.
Telecom service providers, together with mobile and online industry bodies, have been requested to explore alternatives for obstructing Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Telegram at a July letter from India’s division of Facebook, according to Reuters.
A department official told Reuters it had been looking in discovering ways to block those programs through”emergency circumstances.”
The petition follows a spate of fatal attacks brought on by WhatsApp-spread misinformation. On July 1, five individuals were reportedly lynched at Dhule following a rumor circulated that they abducted kids. At least 12 people are beaten as a consequence of comparable messages.
Last month, WhatsApp took measures to fight rumors by restricting message marketing, introducing a quality that reveals if messages are forwarded and carrying out full-page paper ads with hints for spotting bogus news messages.
India is currently WhatsApp’s biggest market, with over 200 million individuals using this service.