Twenty people have been lynched in recent months in India, following rumors about kidnappings of children, in particular propagated on the messaging application WhatsApp. Thursday 19 July, the minister of information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad has raised the tone, and felt, in a press release reported by the indian press, that ” WhatsApp [had to] do much more.” Before threaten :
“When rumors and misinformation are propagated by the agitators, the media used for this propagation cannot escape its responsibilities. If he is content to remain a silent spectator, then it may be considered as accomplice and, therefore, will face prosecution. ”
WhatsApp is widely used in India, where it has over 200 million users. They are used to transfer information to circulate very quickly and on a large scale.