Big development! WhatsApp ban demand reaches Modi government - Here is what users must know
And, this has kickstarted a spate of conversations and memes on the internet over WhatsApp's alleged sharing of user information with Facebook.
Now, traders' body CAIT has written to Modi government for WhatsApp ban.
.@CAITIndia has written to Shri @rsprasad @GoI_MeitY strongly objecting to #WhatsappNewPolicy which blatantly infringes & invades privacy of users. We request the Govt to take immediate cognisance of this matter & take necessary step of banning #whatsapp in India.@SecretaryMEITY pic.twitter.com/vWyDbHuEXS
— Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) (@CAITIndia) January 10, 2021
In the communication to Prasad, CAIT has demanded that "government should immediately restrict WhatsApp from implementing the new policy or put a ban on WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook", the traders' body stated.
CAIT said Facebook has more than 200 million users in India and enabling it to access data of every user can pose serious threat to not only the economy but even to the security of the country.
CAIT LETTER TO MODI GOVERNMENT
The spokesperson further said that the update does not change WhatsApp's data sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world.
"WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people's privacy. We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes so they have time to review the new policy over the course of the next month," the spokesperson added
No response from Facebook
An email sent to Facebook seeking comment on the issue did not elicit a response, the PTI report added.
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