Does the government read your WhatsApp messages? WhatsApp says it’s a hoax – FactCrescendo


WhatsApp clarified that viral messages are a hoax that repeatedly goes viral.

A message is circulating among WhatsApp users claiming that all WhatsApp calls will be recorded, devices will be monitored and the government will verify your messages as the devices are connected to ministry systems.. However, our investigation revealed that this is another scam message..

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A viral WhatsApp message claimed that the new communication rules for WhatsApp will be in effect from tomorrow (No fixed date)which will cause all WhatsApp calls being recorded and saved.

The message went on to state that all social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram would be monitored and the device would be connected to a ministry system, thus asking not to send harmful messages to government leaders, religious leaders. beliefs etc.. and doing it can lead to warrantless arrests.

Towards the end of the lengthy post, the viral notice talks about a never-before-seen feature that shows three red ticks on a post, which would mean the government is likely to summon the user for that particular post.

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Fact check-

A keyword search revealed that this was not a new allegation as the same message had been circulating since 2019. Messages begin with
Tʜᴇ ɴᴇᴡ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ʀᴜʟᴇs ғᴏʀ WʜᴀᴛsAᴘᴘ ᴀɴᴅ WʜᴀᴛsAᴘᴘ Cᴀʟʟs (Vᴏɪᴄᴇ ᴀɴᴅ Vɪᴅᴇᴏ Cᴀʟʟs) ᴡɪʟʟ ʙᴇ ɪᴍᴘʟᴇᴍᴇɴᴛᴇᴅ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛᴏᴍᴏʀʀᴏᴡ.

It does not indicate a date to verify the authenticity.

Fact Crescendo contacted WhatsApp. Their spokesperson said,

“WhatsApp is an industry leader in preventing abuse among end-to-end encrypted messaging services with privacy and security in our DNA. End-to-end encryption helps ensure that only you and the person with who you communicate with can read or listen to what is sent, and no one in between, not even WhatsApp.The safety of our users is at the heart of everything we do and we have dedicated efforts to empower users with resources and tools that allow them to detect misinformation and prevent its spread.While there is no single action that can help prevent the spread of false information and fake news online, we encourage users to remain vigilant when receiving messages with “forward” labels and to double-check information that seems suspicious or inaccurate by sending it to WhatsA reporting lines p.p. . Our “forwarding” limits have reduced the spread of “highly forwarded messages” on WhatsApp by more than 70%, actively limiting virality on the platform. We also encourage users to block and report accounts they find suspicious or if they receive problematic messages from them. For this purpose, the attached “highly conveyed message” is fabricated and users should be aware of it before sharing it further. »

Does the government read your messages?

The answer is no”

WhatsApp uses a 256bit lateatend the encryption and their website clearly states, The privacy and security of your personal messages and calls do not change. They are protected by end-to-end encryption, and WhatsApp and Facebook cannot read or listen to them. We will never weaken this security and we tag every chat so you know our commitment.

Also, the viral post says, that your device will be connected to the Ministry’s system” Again, the message did not name the ministry or a regulatory authority.

What are the types of graduations on WhatsApp?

According to WhatsApp, they only have three types of tick marks: a single gray tick, a double gray tick and a double blue tick. Other than that, there are no checkmarks in WhatsApp. WhatsApp does not have three ticks or red ticks. A gray checkmark appears when you send a message. This means that a message has been sent from your mobile. When your message reaches the person in front of you (recipient), two gray checkmarks will appear. When these two checkmarks turn blue, it means that the person in front (recipient) has read this message.

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After the post about the three red ticks went viral on social media, the Indian government’s fact-checking branch tweeted that the post was fake in 2020. “The post circulating about the tick on WhatsApp is completely baseless. The government does not read messages from citizens in this way,” the tweet said.

Conclusion-

Fact Crescendo found the viral social media post was Fake. WhatsApp clarified that viral messages are a hoax that repeatedly goes viral. The government does not read our personal messages on WhatsApp nor is there a new three tick or red tick feature on WhatsApp.

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Title:Does the government read your WhatsApp messages? WhatsApp says it’s a hoax

Fact check by: Drabanti Ghosh

Results: Fake

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