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A senior police officer said the practice of registering WhatsApp groups predated the bifurcation of J&K but residents dispute the claim.
Apart from deciding on end-to-end encryption for chats, the amended IT Rules will also decide on what content belongs on the internet.
Data reveals that Delhi showed the most interest in FireChat and Bridgefy in the seven-day period beginning 12 December.
Data with Sensor Tower shows WhatsApp was most downloaded app in November, the month the Pegasus scandal broke, and continues to remain India’s most popular app.
The committee, chaired by BJP’s Heena Gavit and featuring 20 women MPs, was not satisfied with the social media giant’s answers.
Some Kashmiris living in other states have taken to social media platforms to share screenshots of people from the Valley leaving WhatsApp groups.
Privacy concerns & new technologies have ushered in a new era of exchanges between politicians, with many now opting for apps offering better levels of encryption.
WhatsApp said it will ensure better safety measures after it confirmed last month that Pegasus spyware was used to spy on Indian journalists and human rights activists through its app.
Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology reportedly got into a row over taking up the WhatsApp snooping issue.
The Indian Army advisory says WhatsApp is a vulnerable platform and Facebook has turned out to be a crucial source of collecting intelligence.