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India Tells WhatsApp to Comply With Local Laws Minsiter Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he had asked WhatsApp to work closely with the law enforcement agencies of India

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INDIA’s information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad met WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels in New Delhi amidst growing concerns over the spread of fake news on the messaging app leading to mob lynchings and killings.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp’s CEO is in India this week to find ways to counter the growing menace after repeated calls by Indian authorities to act.

Addressing the media after his meeting, minister Prasad said that he had complimented Daniels for the “extraordinary technological awakening that WhatsApp has led in the country, for education, healthcare, relief in Kerala”.

But he also said that he raised his concern about the spread of fake news and “sinister developments that provoke crimes like mob lynching and revenge porn”.

“You must find solutions to these challenges which are downright criminal violation of Indian laws”, the minister said referring to his conversation with Daniels.

Prasad said he had also suggested that WhatsApp have a grievance officer in India to ensure proper compliance of Indian laws.

“We won’t appreciate a scenario where any problem will have to be answered in America”, the minister said.

He also suggested that “WhatsApp must have a proper corporate entity located in India” since it has become a key part of India’s digital story.

Prasad said that he had asked WhatsApp to work closely with the law enforcement agencies of India and create a public awareness campaign to prevent misuse of WhatsApp.

The minister also said that Daniels had assured him that “WhatsApp will soon take steps on these counts”.

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