The new rules of Social Media require that “major social media intermediaries” WhatsApp
New Delhi: Facebook’s WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit against the Indian government in the Delhi Supreme Court to block the new IT rules that go into effect today.
The new rules require that “major social media intermediaries” like WhatsApp “track” the origin of certain messages sent through the service.
The WhatsApp versus Indian Government case was presented on Tuesday May 25th. “The need for messaging apps to track chats is akin to being asked to fingerprint every message sent on WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally undermine people’s right to privacy,” said a spokesman the world’s largest messaging app WhatsApp has consistently joined civil society and experts from around the world to counter demands that would violate the privacy of its users.
“In the meantime, we will continue to work with the Government of India to find practical solutions to people’s safety, including responding to valid legal requests for information that is available to us.”
WhatsApp, Google and Twitter are in danger of losing theirs Losing “Middle Man” status Google and Facebook announced on Tuesday that they were trying to adhere to the new rules.
India has set five million registered users as the threshold for defining a significant social media intermediary .It has ordered the appointment of a resident complainant, a senior compliance officer, and a node contact person, and has posted the details of those officers on its website along with a physical contact address.
The rules also require traceability of the sender of messages and a provision for voluntary verification to determine the identity of the user.