The activities highlight the challenges WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook Inc, faces in preventing abuse in India, its biggest market with more than 200 million users.
A WhatsApp spokesman said the attack was sophisticated and had all the hallmarks of a 'private company working with governments on surveillance.'
A vulnerability in WhatsApp allowed attackers to inject spyware on phones by ringing up targets using the app's phone call function.
According to UK-based Indian researcher Sayan Banerjee, fake news does not change people's political opinions, but rather reinforces the existing beliefs and brings out the worst impulses within us.
Facebook said it chose the UK, where WhatsApp is far more popular than the US, because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India.
The move comes a month after Facebook announced that it would discontinue support for Windows OS starting April 30.
WhatsApp’s reach and acceptability in India are fine, but regulatory hurdles can make life hard for the Facebook firm
Advocate Virag Gupta, appearing for the NGO, said that WhatsApp was allowed to run the trial of its payments services with one million users.
Bharti AXA General Insurance, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and global insurance firm AXA, will sell the policies on the website of Wishfin's insurance arm Wishpolicy.
On the subject of data localisation in India, GoDaddy CEO Scott Wagner said payments and health data should be stored within the country, but not other data.
WhatsApp is attempting to make the messaging app more secure by adding this new feature to the biometric authentication which is still under development.
However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages.
Formerly known as Vacation Mode, the renamed feature would essentially allow users to mute archived chats and keep them in the Archived chats until unmuted/unarchived.
Some of the features will be improved to take advantage of the iPad’s huge screen.
Facebook might have its heart in the right place when it says it is committed to fight the fake news menace, but, without making political parties accountable, there’s little social media platforms can do.
Most have agreed that viral texts can lead to violence.
M Saraswathy gets in a conversation with Moneycontrol's Vaibhavi Khanwalkar to find out more about the development.
The central bank had in 2018 mandated that payment data on Indian users should be stored only on servers located in India
How social media and messaging platforms affect the choice India makes this summer is the subject of this edition of Decoding 2019.
The problem isn’t social media platforms, it is political parties who generate fake news, and nothing can stop them.
Dedicated teams comprising hundreds of volunteers are slogging away to ensure that the "Jumla metre" and "Pradhan mantri hisab do" campaign of the Trinamool Congress and the "Main Bhi Chowkidar" music video of the BJP reach their target audience.
It is not clear if WhatsApp would continue providing support for Windows devices.
The new feature comes after many concerns and questions asked by the Indian government on the spread of false and incorrect information on WhatsApp.
Stanford Masters gets in conversation with Moneycontrol's Vaibhavi Khanwalkar to find out more about the new feature.
The messaging app has added that a new privacy setting in which an invite system will help users decide who can add them to groups. Previously, WhatsApp users could be added to groups without their consent.