Is The Government Monitoring Your WhatsApp Chats Indeed?
A viral message circulating on social media claims that the government has issued new WhatsApp guidelines to monitor users’ chats, creating fear among people about the safety of their personal data.
However, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has debunked this claim, stating that it is entirely fake and that no such guideline has been issued by the government.
The false message suggests that different combinations of check marks on WhatsApp chats indicate that the chats are being monitored by the government.
For instance, it claims that three blue ticks mean the government has taken note of the chats, and other combinations of blue and red ticks imply various stages of government surveillance, even suggesting legal action against users.
In response to these rumors, the PIB clarified that there is no truth to the claims, and the government has not issued any such guidelines regarding WhatsApp chats.
WhatsApp itself confirms that its chats are “end-to-end encrypted,” meaning only the two individuals involved in a conversation can read or listen to what is sent. Even WhatsApp itself cannot access the content of the messages due to this encryption.
The end-to-end encryption is an automatic feature provided by WhatsApp to ensure the privacy and security of users’ chats.
This means that messages are securely protected from being intercepted and read by anyone else, including the platform itself or any external parties.
The same false claim had surfaced last year in August, and even then, the PIB had debunked it. Despite the clarification, the message is still being circulated, creating unnecessary fear and concern among WhatsApp users.
The government as well as WhatsApp itself refuted the viral message which claims that the government is monitoring users’ chats. Both marked the viral message as completely false.
Plus, WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption to safeguard users privacy and ensure the confidentiality of users conversations.
Thus you need not to worry about your chats being monitored. Rumors are very common on WhatsApp & social media these days.