New govt regulations could see WhatsApp cease to exist in India

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On Wednesday, the company said it was encouraging users to report and employing machine learning to weed out accounts that appeared to be trying to send messages in bulk.

According to Woog, who served as the deputy assistant to the USA secretary of defence for communications, the proposed changes are not consistent with strong privacy protections that people across the world are looking for.

As per Carl, in case Whatsapp introduced a feature to trace messages, and start sharing data with Govt., then their core product will change.

Popular messaging app WhatsApp said on Wednesday that there are instances of the platform being abused by political parties and it has been engaging with them to emphasise that the misuse will lead to banning of such accounts. "The requirement for traceability will require us to engineer a product which does not make us a place of private communication", said Woog.

Without denying the possibility of quitting the India market in case the new regulations come into force, Woog told IANS: "It will not help to speculate what is to come".

Jones says some spammers have also abused the platform by using "special software" to run multiple WhatsApp accounts on one computer.

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Facing flak from the government over dozens of lynching incidents in the country previous year which were linked to rumours spread on WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service introduced several new measures including limiting the number of messages that a user can forward to five and appointing for the first time a country head for the organisation.

The machine learning system has reached a point where it's able to ban 20 percent of sketchy accounts at the registration phase, the WhatsApp executives said.

Over the last three months, the Facebook-owned messaging has banned more than 2 million accounts each month for bulk or automated behavior.

Woog said the messaging service has been in touch with political parties, in an attempt to explain to them that WhatsApp is not a "broadcast platform".

India will hold the largest elections in history starting in April, providing an unprecedented test of WhatsApp's defence against bulk messaging, which the company blames for the majority of problematic content. When someone reports an account, the WhatsApp team can see the last few messages in the chat.

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