WhatsApp Viral Message About Govt Monitoring Chats is Fake: While social media platforms facilitate communication with known individuals, some individuals use them to disseminate rumours and false information. The government continues to monitor and debunk such false information. Yesterday, the organisation published a new fact-check to debunk a false claim circulating on social media.
PIB Fact Check, the government’s official Twitter (Now X) channel, has tweeted an image stating that the aforementioned claims are false. The message stated that the government was monitoring individuals’ WhatsApp activity. Here is everything you need to know about the most recent WhatsApp hoax circulating online.
The Government Does Not Read Your WhatsApp Communications.
A message circulating on WhatsApp and other social media platforms alleged that the Indian government read each individual WhatsApp message. According to the image tweeted by PIB Fact Check, the message contains multiple indications for various features.
A single tick indicates that a message has been sent, whereas a double tick indicates that the message has been conveyed. Likewise, two blue checkmarks indicate that the message has been read. This is something we have previously known about WhatsApp.
The criminals added several additional misleading signs. Three blue checks indicate that the government has acknowledged your message. If there are two blue and one red checkmark, the government can take action against you; if there are one blue and two red checkmarks, the government is screening your data.
The message concluded by stating that if your message contains three red checkmarks, the government has initiated legal action against you and you will shortly receive a court summons.
No Red Checkmarks Exist on WhatsApp
The first thing you should be aware of is that the official WhatsApp does not contain red checkmarks. It contains only a colourless checkmark that turns blue whenever your message is read. Therefore, any image alleging that WhatsApp has a red checkmark and the government is monitoring your data is false.
The Indian government does not read your WhatsApp or other social media messages, according to PIB Fact Check. You do not receive a response solely for the messages you have sent. In fact, the Supreme Court of India ruled on 15 July 2021 that WhatsApp messages contain no evidence.
False information on WhatsApp is not a novel phenomenon. There have been several cases in the past that began as a result of WhatsApp rumours that were false. However, government channels continue to monitor and debunk such messages. You can subscribe to PIB Fact Check for regular updates of this nature.