Liv­ing in a What­sApp World

India Today - - UPFRONT -

If What­sApp were a na­tion, it would be as pop­u­lous as In­dia. Pretty much every­one with a smart­phone uses the in­stant mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tion owned by Face­book. But gov­ern­ments around the world com­plain that What­sApp’s end-to-end en­cryp­tion makes it im­pos­si­ble for in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies to eaves­drop on crim­i­nals and ter­ror­ists, or track their com­mu­ni­ca­tions. In In­dia, What­sApp is of­ten blamed for spread­ing fake news and ru­mours, which have even led to ri­ots. Sh­eryl Sand­berg, Face­book’s COO, has ar­gued that the meta­data—who is com­mu­ni­cat­ing with whom— is avail­able to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, if not the en­crypted con­tent.

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