With the new IT rules in place, is the government keeping a track of your WhatsApp text history?
A message, falsely claiming that three red ticks on a WhatsApp text would mean that the government has started court proceedings against the person, has gone viral.
“Two blue ticks and one red tick means the government can take action against, while three red ticks will mean that the government has started court proceedings against you," the text reportedly reads.
However, WhatsApp has clarified on the "end-to-end encryption" and ensured that texts remain encrypted from a device controlled by the sender to one controlled by the recipient, where no third parties, not even WhatsApp or parent company Facebook, can access the content in-between.
According to a report by The Indian Express, the message with ‘forwarded many times label’ also says once the new IT rules are implemented, all calls will be recorded and social media accounts will also be monitored.
"If a user shares a negative message against the government or on a religious issue, then they will get arrested," it says.
Recently, the Facebook-owned company has moved the Delhi High Court against the Social Media Intermediary rules 2021, contending the provisions were likely to break users' right to privacy and end-to-end encryption on its messaging service.