- The govt has given seven days to WhatsApp to respond to the notice.
- The Ministry has also taken the same stand in the Delhi High Court.
The govt has given seven days to WhatsApp to respond to the notice and if no satisfactory response is received, necessary steps in accordance with the law will be taken by the govt.
The company has received an intense backlash on social media from users as well as privacy-focused groups that have called that this update may make sharing data between Facebook and WhatsApp more prominent.
The IT Ministry said in a statement:
It has stated that: “As you are doubtlessly aware, many Indian citizens depend on WhatsApp to communicate in everyday life. It is not just problematic, but also irresponsible, for WhatsApp to leverage this position to impose unfair terms and conditions on Indian users, particularly those that discriminate against Indian users vis-α-vis users in Europe.”
The Centre also told the court that it has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the issue, and they are waiting for a reply.
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