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Neighbourhood Technology Desk/ Simran Nijhawan: WhatsApp on Wednesday listed measures to prevent the spread of false information in India even as the government underlined the need for the Facebook-owned firm to do more while calling its response “prompt”. The measures were listed in a letter written in response to a government missive expressing “deep disapproval” about WhatsApp’s inability to prevent the spread of “irresponsible and explosive material.

“We’re horrified by these terrible acts of violence and wanted to respond quickly to the very important issues you have raised,” WhatsApp said in its letter to the government. Fake videos and rumours of child-lifting circulated via WhatsApp have triggered lynchings in at least eight states.

 

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