WhatsApp now has more than two billion users around the world

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If the rules become official, they'll cover all social media and messaging applications, though it's unclear if the Indian government could also ask the companies for foreign users' identities.

As a comparison, the latest figures show Facebook Messenger now comes second with 1.3 billion and WeChat has 1.13 billion. "As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever", it added.

Human rights activists have said that spyware hidden in WhatsApp messages, possible developed by Israel-based NSO Group, was used to track dissidents and others.

That means the provisions in earlier drafts still remain, including one that would require platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok to help the government trace the origins of a post within 72 hours even without a warrant or a judicial order.

He had questioned how millions of messages are generated and replicated on the "same day, same issue, same geographical area". "You must remember, India is emerging as a big global power and there are forces that want to create hurdles.but you don't allow your platform to be abused for that, that is my appeal", the minister had said.


WhatsApp has said it will work towards strengthening security on the platform. Later in 2018, WhatsApp announced that it has 1.5 billion users around the world.

The end-to-end encryption, which has been at the helm of the functioning of WhatsApp, has come under the scanner from the lawmakers in some countries.

Despite its strong encryption, WhatsApp has seen flaws exploited in cyberspace.

Along with making this huge announcement, WhatsApp has also spoken about how it will continue to keep conversations made across the service private.

Simplicity and security are the two main reasons people prefer WhatsApp over other messaging apps.

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