Work in coordination with police: Prasad to WhatsApp

Work in coordination with police: Prasad to WhatsApp

Ravi Shankar Prasad

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said WhatsApp should work in a coordinated manner with the country's IT Department, Home Ministry and the police to prevent the spreading of fake news on its messaging platform.

Demanding greater accountability from social media platforms like WhatsApp, the minister said finding technological solutions to identify mass-circulation of messages on a particular issue in a particular area cannot be "rocket science".

Social media companies like WhatsApp that are reaping commercial gains from India's market have to remain accountable and vigilant to prevent abuse of their platforms for circulation of dangerous and provocative messages, he told reporters here.

"If in any state, any part, on a particular subject, if there is a movement of large volumes of messages on WhatsApp, it is not rocket science that can't be discovered by application of technology," Prasad said on the sidelines of a conference.

The IT Ministry on Tuesday issued a warning to WhatsApp asking it to take immediate measures to prevent the spreading of fake messages.

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