By Ankita Chakravarti: If you have come across a message claiming that the government is reading your private WhatsApp chats, do not believe it. The Indian government has refuted a false claim circulating on WhatsApp through their official Twitter channel called PIB Fact Check. The claim suggested that the government was monitoring and reading people’s private messages on the messaging platform.
PIB Fact Check issued a statement to counter this misleading claim, asserting that it was entirely untrue. To help explain the truth, they posted an image on Twitter showing different indicators used by WhatsApp to show message statuses. For instance, one tick means a message has been sent, while two blue ticks indicate that the message has been read. These are well-known features of WhatsApp.
The people behind the false claim added some made-up indicators to cause confusion. They said that three blue ticks meant the government had noticed the message, and a combination of two blue and one red tick suggested that the government might take action against the sender. Furthermore, a combination of one blue and two red ticks supposedly meant the government was examining the sender’s data. Lastly, they claimed that three red ticks indicated that the government had started legal action, and the sender would receive a court summons.
PIB Fact Check also made it clear that official WhatsApp platform does not use red ticks for message status. Instead, it uses grey ticks that turn blue when the receiver reads the message. So, any picture showing red ticks on WhatsApp and government monitoring is entirely fake.
The government made it clear that they do not monitor private messages on WhatsApp or any other social media platform. They also confirmed that no action is taken based solely on the content of personal messages. The Supreme Court of India had previously stated that WhatsApp messages have no legal value as evidence, further confirming that such claims are unfounded.
WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption for its messaging services, including images and videos sent in group and individual chats. This means that even WhatsApp itself cannot access the content shared within the chats, ensuring privacy and security for users.
In conclusion, the claim about the Indian government monitoring WhatsApp messages is false and has been debunked by the official fact-checking channel. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption also safeguards user privacy, providing a secure messaging experience.