Child pornography vile, has no place on our messaging platform: WhatsApp

December 8, 2018 - Himalaya

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WhatsApp said child pornography has absolutely no place on the messaging platform

WhatsApp said child pornography has absolutely no place on the messaging platform and that it takes action against the dissemination of such content, including banning of accounts, based on user reports. Terming child pornography as “vile”, WhatsApp said it also responds to valid legal requests from law enforcement to investigate these types of crimes.

“While we cannot see the messages that people share with one another, we can and do take action based on user reports including banning accounts,” WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement adding that child pornography has no place on the messaging platform.

The comments came as the Supreme Court Thursday said the Centre and internet giants, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, were in agreement that videos of rape, child pornography and objectionable material needed to be “stamped out”.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit noted that intermediaries have “different reactions” to suggestions given earlier by the Centre, which included setting up pro-active monitoring tools for auto deletion of unlawful content by deploying artificial intelligence based tools.

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