At the core, the bone of contention is WhatsApp’s insistence on end-to-end encryption.
On the one hand, the Indian government wants it to help trace the source of problematic/fake forwards on the platform. But WhatsApp is loath to break its end-to-end encryption rule.
Amidst this standoff, Facebook seems to be pushing ahead with its plan to implement full end-to-end encryption by default within all of its messaging tools.
Facebook has said: “We’re also working hard to bring default end-to-end encryption to all of our messaging services. This will protect people’s private messages and mean only the sender and recipient, not even us, can access their messages.”
While Facebook’s announcement did not take the name of WhatsApp specifically, but it is generally believed that Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, also included the messaging platform in its scheme of things.
WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart had earlier said that his company has explained its concerns around traceability to the Indian government and will continue doing so in the hope of finding solutions “that don’t touch encryption.”
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