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2 million accounts blocked in one month: WhatsApp in report

In its grievance compliance report, Whatsapp said it acted against 63 accounts from May 15 to June 15 out of the 345 complaints it received.
In the period between May 15 and June 15, the company received 345 complaints from India, where it has 530 million users.(Reuters)
In the period between May 15 and June 15, the company received 345 complaints from India, where it has 530 million users.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 16, 2021 02:19 AM IST
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ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Facebook bypasses EU's ban on WhatsApp data due to increased control

EU authorities says, Facebook’s practices linked to WhatsApp data should be examined “as a matter of priority” by the Irish privacy watchdog, its main regulator in the region.
Facebook accounts for nine of these investigations and more are pending into its WhatsApp and Instagram businesses.(AP)
Facebook accounts for nine of these investigations and more are pending into its WhatsApp and Instagram businesses.(AP)
Published on Jul 15, 2021 10:14 PM IST
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WhatsApp will put policy on hold till data law is enacted

WhatsApp, represented by senior advocate Harish Salve, told a bench of chief justice DN Patel and justice Jyoti Singh that it would not compel users to give consent for the new policy, but will continue to remind them about the update to the terms and conditions.
The contentious privacy policy also invited interventions by the Union government, which on multiple occasions urged the company to withdraw it.(File photo)
The contentious privacy policy also invited interventions by the Union government, which on multiple occasions urged the company to withdraw it.(File photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2021 04:13 AM IST
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WhatsApp won’t compel users to accept privacy policy, Salve tells Delhi HC

  • WhatsApp also clarified that it "will not limit the functionality" of the app for users who choose not to opt for the new privacy policy.
Nonetheless, WhatsApp would continue to display the update to its users.
Nonetheless, WhatsApp would continue to display the update to its users.
Updated on Jul 09, 2021 01:32 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani Kumar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

7th pay commission: Banks to send monthly pension slip via SMS, WhatsApp

  • 7th pay commission: The slip will provide complete details of the monthly pension paid with the break-up of the amount credited and tax deductions.
7th pay commission: The pensioners' registered mobile numbers will be used to send the digital pension slips, a government order said.(Mint file photo)
7th pay commission: The pensioners' registered mobile numbers will be used to send the digital pension slips, a government order said.(Mint file photo)
Published on Jun 24, 2021 01:08 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

WhatsApp, Facebook widely used for news, trust in television low: Report

  • The report noted that the increased dependency on social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp for news has also caused “serious problems with misinformation and hate speech.”
More than half of the respondents said they use WhatsApp and YouTube for news consumption.(Reuters)
More than half of the respondents said they use WhatsApp and YouTube for news consumption.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 23, 2021 05:02 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

HC refuses to stay CCI notice to Facebook, WhatsApp in privacy policy matter

The high court had earlier issued notices on the appeals and asked the Centre to respond to it.
The case relates to the appeals of Facebook and WhatsApp against a single judge order dismissing their pleas against the probe CCI ordered into the instant messaging app's new privacy policy.
The case relates to the appeals of Facebook and WhatsApp against a single judge order dismissing their pleas against the probe CCI ordered into the instant messaging app's new privacy policy.
Published on Jun 23, 2021 12:17 PM IST
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Could Twitter, WhatsApp face ban in India? Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad replies

That half of the government is on Twitter proves how fair the government is, I-T minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government is not in favour of banning any social media platform in the country.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government is not in favour of banning any social media platform in the country.
Published on Jun 17, 2021 05:17 PM IST
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Daughter texts dad about her new job, his reply leaves people in splits

When this woman told her family about her new job, she got a hilarious reply from her father. The screenshot of his reply went viral on Twitter.
The viral screenshot of WhatsApp family group posted by the Twitter user(Twitter/@ughneha)
The viral screenshot of WhatsApp family group posted by the Twitter user(Twitter/@ughneha)
Published on Jun 11, 2021 03:20 PM IST
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‘Do not believe such forwarded messages’: PIB after a fact-check

  • Providing the details about the forward, PIB Fact Check also tweeted an image of the link that is being circulated with the WhatsApp message asking people to apply for the Covid-19 relief fund through the link.
Representational: PIB said that the WhatsApp forward is 'fake' and asked people to not believe such forwarded messages on social media apps.(Mint file photo)
Representational: PIB said that the WhatsApp forward is 'fake' and asked people to not believe such forwarded messages on social media apps.(Mint file photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 03:51 PM IST
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WhatsApp gaining consent by ‘trick’: Govt

  • The affidavit came on a hearing of several pleas challenging WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, which, according to the firm, has come into effect from May 15.
The government also told the court about WhatsApp’s “game plan” to get the users to accept its updated privacy policy before India’s Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill becomes a law.(REUTERS)
The government also told the court about WhatsApp’s “game plan” to get the users to accept its updated privacy policy before India’s Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill becomes a law.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 12:41 AM IST
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ByRicha Banka, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

WhatsApp obtaining 'trick consent': Govt in court amid row over privacy policy

  • In the affidavit, the Centre urged the high court to issue interim direction to WhatsApp to desist from any action of 'push notifications' onto users related to updated 2021 privacy policy.
IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Updated on Jun 03, 2021 12:33 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani Kumar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Happy Parents Day 2021: Date, significance, theme, quotes to wish on global day

  • Happy Parents Day 2021: Here’s all you need to know about the date when Parents Day is celebrated globally, importance or significance of why it is observed, its theme amid Covid-19 and a collection of best SMS, WhatsApp messages, GIFs, quotes, Facebook status to wish the nurturers
Happy Parents Day 2021: Date, significance, theme, quotes to wish on global day(Instagram/striderbikes.id)
Happy Parents Day 2021: Date, significance, theme, quotes to wish on global day(Instagram/striderbikes.id)
Updated on Jun 01, 2021 09:12 AM IST
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Google, Facebook and WhatsApp submit details of new compliance officers

The development come two days after all parts of the new rules, including the appointment of an officer who would be criminally liable in case of non-compliance, kicked in. The ministry had written to all social media intermediaries to share the contact details of the new officials.
Significant social media intermediaries, which under the new rules have 5 million users or more, like Koo, Sharechat, Telegram, LinkedIn, Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have shared their details with the government as mandated.(Reuters representative image)
Significant social media intermediaries, which under the new rules have 5 million users or more, like Koo, Sharechat, Telegram, LinkedIn, Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have shared their details with the government as mandated.(Reuters representative image)
Updated on May 29, 2021 04:53 AM IST
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ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Amid controversy with WhatsApp, RS Prasad defends digital media guidelines

WhatsApp, which has nearly 400 million users in India, asked the Delhi High Court on Tuesday to declare that one of the new rules is a violation of privacy rights in India's constitution.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the new rules are only designed to prevent abuse and misuse of social media.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the new rules are only designed to prevent abuse and misuse of social media.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 27, 2021 12:14 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi

WhatsApp users in India won't be affected, says Centre amid legal battle

WhatsApp had enough time and opportunity before the rules were enacted following consultations with the stakeholders, the Centre said adding that it can not be denied how in cases of mob lynching and riots, same WhatsApp messages are circulated and recirculated.
IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said WhatsApp is seeking to avoid responsibility.
IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said WhatsApp is seeking to avoid responsibility.
Published on May 27, 2021 07:30 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

WhatsApp moves High Court against new IT rules

WhatsApp has requested the high court to ensure no criminal liability is imposed on it for not complying with the provision, which, it contends is, “unconstitutional, illegal” and beyond the purview of the Information Technology Act.
Key chains with the logo of WhatsApp, Kolkata. In its petition before the high court on the IT rules, WhatsApp has claimed that the new set of guidelines is “unconstitutional”.(REUTERS)
Key chains with the logo of WhatsApp, Kolkata. In its petition before the high court on the IT rules, WhatsApp has claimed that the new set of guidelines is “unconstitutional”.(REUTERS)
Published on May 27, 2021 05:40 AM IST
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ByRicha Banka, Deeksha Bhardwaj, New Delhi

WhatsApp’s High Court move act of defiance: Centre

The statement was issued hours after the messaging services company moved the Delhi High Court against the new Information Technology Act rules.
A WhatsApp advertisement is seen on the front pages of newspapers at a stall in Mumbai, India. (Reuters)
A WhatsApp advertisement is seen on the front pages of newspapers at a stall in Mumbai, India. (Reuters)
Published on May 27, 2021 02:36 AM IST
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ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, New Delhi

‘Foolhardy to doubt objective’: Centre defends IT rules in row with WhatsApp

In a press release on Wednesday evening, the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) responded to WhatsApp approaching the Delhi high court against the new IT rules.
The icon of WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen.
The icon of WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen.
Updated on May 26, 2021 06:29 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral, New Delhi

'Will make N Korea blush’: Cong’s acerbic attack on Centre over new IT rules

  • Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi’s harshly-worded criticism of the rules comes hours after WhatsApp confirmed that it had approached the Delhi high court against the new IT rules
Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi claimed that the curbs intended to be placed by the new IT rules were against India's culture of discourse and of dissent.. (HT File Photo)
Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi claimed that the curbs intended to be placed by the new IT rules were against India's culture of discourse and of dissent.. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2021 04:16 PM IST
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WhatsApp moves court against government of India. Here’s what it said

WhatsApp filed the lawsuit in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday evening and that the case is likely to be considered as early as Wednesday, a report said.
Whatsapp cited the right to privacy and asked the Delhi High Court to declare that one of the new rules is a violation of privacy rights in India's constitution. (Bloomberg Photo)
Whatsapp cited the right to privacy and asked the Delhi High Court to declare that one of the new rules is a violation of privacy rights in India's constitution. (Bloomberg Photo)
Published on May 26, 2021 12:21 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

WhatsApp moves Delhi high court against new guidelines

WhatsApp has opposed moves that violate its end-to-end encryption. A similar case of the company is pending in the Supreme Court of Brazil
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on May 26, 2021 12:50 PM IST
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ByRicha Banka & Deeksha Bhardwaj

WhatsApp sues Indian govt, says new media rules mean end to privacy

Because messages are end-to-end encrypted, to comply with the new media rules, WhatsApp says it would have break encryption for receivers, as well as "originators", of messages.
Reuters could not independently confirm the complaint had been filed in court by WhatsApp, which has nearly 400 million users in India, nor when it might be reviewed by the court.(Bloomberg)
Reuters could not independently confirm the complaint had been filed in court by WhatsApp, which has nearly 400 million users in India, nor when it might be reviewed by the court.(Bloomberg)
Updated on May 26, 2021 12:16 PM IST
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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to face action? Here's what the firms say

Google and Facebook said they are working on complying with the new rules, deadline of implementing which ended on May 25.
If Facebook, Twitter lose intermediary status, they will have to take the liability for any third-party data they host.(AP)
If Facebook, Twitter lose intermediary status, they will have to take the liability for any third-party data they host.(AP)
Updated on May 26, 2021 08:52 AM IST
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WhatsApp won’t limit users’ access

The company told media it had responded to the government’s letter, received on 18 May, asking for the controversial new policy to be withdrawn.
A 3D printed Whatsapp logo and a padlock are placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration picture taken May 4, 2021. (REUTERS)
A 3D printed Whatsapp logo and a padlock are placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration picture taken May 4, 2021. (REUTERS)
Published on May 25, 2021 12:58 AM IST
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ByPrasid Banerjee, New Delhi

WhatsApp asked to junk privacy policy

According to a ministry of electronics and information technology (Meity) representative, WhatsApp informed the government that it had deferred the May 15 implementation of the terms.
The new terms of use formalises WhatsApp’s years-old policy of sharing some data with its parent company in instances when a user interacts with a business account.(Bloomberg file photo)
The new terms of use formalises WhatsApp’s years-old policy of sharing some data with its parent company in instances when a user interacts with a business account.(Bloomberg file photo)
Published on May 20, 2021 07:19 AM IST
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ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

'No deferment of May 15 privacy policy deadline': WhatsApp to Delhi HC

The petitioners sought directions to the Centre to ask WhatsApp to either roll back their policy or provide an option to the users of their platform to opt-out of the January 4, 2021 update.
The icon of WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen.(Reuters File Photo)
The icon of WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on May 17, 2021 12:47 PM IST
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Reported by Richa Banka | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Facebook ordered to stop collecting German WhatsApp users’ data

The new WhatsApp terms formally authorizing the data scoop are invalid because they are intransparent, inconsistent and overly broad, said Hamburg watchdog Johannes Caspar.
The company has faced global criticism over the new terms WhatsApp users are required to accept by May 15.(Reuters)
The company has faced global criticism over the new terms WhatsApp users are required to accept by May 15.(Reuters)
Published on May 11, 2021 07:02 PM IST
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Privacy row: Delhi high court seeks CCI stand on Facebook, WhatsApp appeals

A Delhi high court bench of chief justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh issued notice to the CCI which had ordered the probe and sought its response on the appeals of Facebook and WhatsApp by May 21, the next date of hearing.
The Delhi high court had earlier said it saw no merit in the petitions of Facebook and WhatsApp to interdict the investigation directed by the CCI. (Representational Image)
The Delhi high court had earlier said it saw no merit in the petitions of Facebook and WhatsApp to interdict the investigation directed by the CCI. (Representational Image)
Published on May 06, 2021 12:49 PM IST
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News Updates from HT: 2 states claim shortage of vaccines ahead of May 1 drive

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Chhattisgarh has inoculated more than 5.32 million beneficiaries till now of which 4,721,481 have been administered the first dose and 602,963 have been given the first and the second dose.(Reuters file photo)
Chhattisgarh has inoculated more than 5.32 million beneficiaries till now of which 4,721,481 have been administered the first dose and 602,963 have been given the first and the second dose.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 25, 2021 04:56 PM IST
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