WhatsApp updates: what app has done; here is a list of quotes
WhatsApp said, “Like the Government of India, we’re horrified by these terrible acts of violence and wanted to respond quickly to the very important issues you have raised. We believe this is a challenge that requires government, civil society, and technology companies to work together.”
In the wake of the government's letter to social media tool WhatsApp, asking it to take urgent steps to contain the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages” through its platform, the latter expressing anguish over the "terrible acts of violence" said, “Like the Government of India, we’re horrified by these terrible acts of violence and wanted to respond quickly to the very important issues you have raised. We believe this is a challenge that requires government, civil society, and technology companies to work together.” Here is a WhatsApp update list:
1. WhatsApp: "We have been testing a new label in India that highlights when a message has been forwarded versus composed by the sender."
2. WhatsApp: "This could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages"
3. WhatsApp: "It lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumor from someone else. We plan to launch this new feature soon."
4. WhatsApp: We added new protections to prevent people from adding others back into groups which they had left -- a form of misuse we think it is important to correct."
5. WhatsApp: "Last week, we launched a new setting that enables administrators to decide who gets to send messages within individual groups."
6. WhatsApp: "This will help reduce the spread of unwanted messages into important group conversations - as well as the forwarding of hoaxes and other content."
7. WhatsApp: "The fact-checking organisation Boom Live is available on WhatsApp and has published some reports on the source of the rumours that have contributed to the recent violence".
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8. WhatsApp: "Many people (nearly 25 per cent in India) are not in a group; the majority of groups continue to be small (less than 10 people); and nine in 10 messages are still sent from just one person to another."
WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India.