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Be careful! WhatsApp message sender can be tracked

Saturday - July 27, 2019 3:01 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL
Stay away with fake news and rumors on WhatsApp
Stay away with fake news and rumors on WhatsApp

Claim: Despite the end-to-end encryption feature, Message Sender can be tracked on WhatsApp!

JULY27 (WTN) - As you know, instant messaging app WhatsApp is currently the most popular in the whole world. Whoever has a smartphone definitely uses WhatsApp. There are about 1250 million users of Whitespace in all over the world, out of which 250 million users are in India. Actually, the reason for WhatsApp’s being popular in the world is its end-to-end encryption feature. WhatsApp claims that due to this feature, only sender and receiver are able to read any message sent on WhatsApp messages. Due to this unique feature of WhatsApp, it is the most commonly used instant messaging app in the whole world nowadays.

But if you are thinking that by taking advantage of WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption feature, you can spread fake news or the rumors, and then be careful. We are saying that, because in a hearing in the Madras High Court related to the message spreading rumors on WhatsApp was said that the original message sent on the WhatsApp can be traced. However, in response to this argument in the Madras High Court, WhatsApp says that due to end-to-end encryption feature provided to users for privacy, any message on the WhatsApp platform can’t be tracked.

But on the WhatsApp’ claim that the original sender of the message can’t be tracked on the WhatsApp platform due to the end-to-end encryption feature; the questions are beginning to arise. Professor of IIT Madras V Kamakoti denied the claims of WhatsApp that says that due to the end-to-end encryption feature, the original sender of the message can’t be tracked on the WhatsApp platform. According to professor Kamakoti, despite the end-to-end encryption feature in WhatsApp, the original identification tag can be linked to any message on the technical basis.

Professor Kamakoti told the bench of Madras High Court, S.Mani Kumar and Subramaniam Prasad that it is possible to do this by doing some changes in the design of the product by WhatsApp. For this, WhatsApp will need to add the originator's mobile number whenever a message is forwarded.

In this entire case, Professor Kamakoti says that WhatsApp can’t say itself a privacy centric company, because here any user can forward any message without any consent. For your information, let you know that this entire hearing was happening on a PIL. This PIL was filed for linking social media with the Aadhaar for investigating cyber crime cases.

As you know, the Indian Government showed stubbornness after showing anger on fake news and rumors on social media apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp. After the pressure of the Government of India, WhatsApp has started to label of the Forwarded on any message after it has been forwarded so that Fake News can be detected on WhatsApp. At the same time, users can not forward to any message to more than five people in WhatsApp.

The Madras High Court has claimed that despite the fact that WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption feature, any message forwarded on the WhatsApp platform can be tracked. Professor Kamakoti, who claimed this fact at the Madras High Court, can now tell how well this claim proves this. But we advise you to avoid sending any kind of fake news or rumor on WhatsApp.