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Union govt sought this information from Whatsapp officials

Union Minister said that they are looking for location and identity of those spreading misinformation that provokes violence and heinous offences

In yet another attempt, the Union government told the Whatsapp officials that they are not seeking decryption of messages.

The Union Minister said that they are looking for location and identity of those spreading misinformation that provokes violence and heinous offences.

After meeting with WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that on the issue of traceability, there was emphasis that government would only insist on traceability.

Prasad added that he has been assured by the WhatsApp team that they will look into the matter and revert.

The Facebook-owned company has been under pressure for months now to put in place a mechanism to clamp down on fake messages on its platform.

The minister said during the meeting, he also emphasised that WhatsApp is an important instrument of message
circulation.

This is more so during elections.

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