WhatsApp said that its new policy modification does not affect the privacy of people’s personal communications, and the company has previously written to the authorities to ensure that user privacy remains a top concern.
According to the spokesperson, the messaging platform will not limit the “functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks,” but will instead “remind users about the update from time to time as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, such as communicating with a business that receives support from Facebook.”
“We hope that this method emphasises that all users have the option of interacting with a company. We’ll stick to this strategy until the PDP legislation takes effect, at the very least “The WhatsApp spokesman came to a conclusion.
According to official statistics, WhatsApp has 53 crore users in India. Users were outraged that their data was being shared with parent firm Facebook.
Surprisingly, on May 26, new regulations for social media firms went into force, requiring major platforms like Facebook and Twitter to do more due diligence and make these digital platforms more accountable and liable for the material they host.
The regulations also compel social media intermediaries – who mainly provide messaging services – to allow for the identity of the “first originator” of material that threatens India’s sovereignty, security, or public order. This may have far-reaching consequences for companies like Twitter and WhatsApp.
The new IT regulations mandate the appointment of a grievance officer, a nodal officer, and a chief compliance officer by major social media intermediaries (those with more than 50 lakh members). Residents of India are required for this group.
Under the new regulations, social media firms must take down reported material within 36 hours and delete content marked for nudity, pornography, or other offences within 24 hours. The new regulations, according to the Centre, are intended to prevent platform abuse and exploitation while also providing users with a strong venue for grievance resolution.
If these platforms do not follow the regulations, they will lose their intermediate status, which protects them from liability for any third-party data they host. In other words, if complaints are made, they may face criminal charges.