WhatsApp promises to battle 'sinister' false messages

From CNET: WhatsApp told India's government on Tuesday it's developing tools to crack down on rumors and false messages plaguing users of the app.

Chris Daniels, CEO of the Facebook-owned messaging service, promised IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad that it would figure out a solution, according to Reuters.

The minister said he asked WhatsApp to develop a method of tracing the origin of "sinister" messages, noting that doing so "does not need rocket science." He also said that the company is working with law enforcement to develop systems tackling the spread of messages filled with rumors and false information.

WhatsApp didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

India is WhatApp's biggest market, with more than 200 million people using the service. Tuesday's meeting comes after a series of fatal attacks caused by WhatsApp-spread misinformation, with users forwarding messages containing unsourced rumors.

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