WhatsApp has drawn flak from the Indian government on the platform being misused for spreading misinformation.
Centre seeks detailed response from Whatsapp over security breach by 4 November, says 'committed to protecting privacy of citizens'
The IT ministry on Thursday sought a detailed response from WhatsApp on the issue of an Israeli spyware that was allegedly used to target Indian journalists and human rights activists through its platform. WhatsApp has been asked to submit its reply by 4 November.
WhatsApp first found a cyberattack involving a vulnerability in their video-calling feature back in May.
Critics have said that freedom of the press has been under attack since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government first took office in 2014 and journalists have complained of intimidation for writing critical stories.
India drops two places to 140th in World Press Freedom Index, cites 'attacks' against journalists by BJP supporters
In reference to India, the index found an alarming rate of coordinated hate campaigns waged on social networks against journalists who dare to speak or write about subjects that annoy Hindutva
While Barkha Dutt lashed out at Arnab Goswami for calling other Indian news channels as sympathisers of terrorists and "pro-Pakistan" on his 26 July show, Dutt was, in turn, slammed on social media for reacting the way she did.
On World Press Freedom Day, here is a look at the independence of the media around the world, and the varied threats it faces.
One quotes Swinton because there has been a hullabaloo over Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh's tweets about "presstitutes" in the media.