Internet giants object to Indian rules against encryption

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According to India Today, Indian authorities are working on amending the IT Act in parts related to liabilities of intermediaries, to allow the government to monitor and remove user content and messages, including encrypted ones. These steps are being justified as a need to monitor unlawful content, and in particular, fake news and inflammatory messages via messenger apps, such as WhatsApp, which resulted in a series of lynch mobbings. WhatsApp and Twitter, both announced that they will respond to consultations opened by the Indian the government, and criticised the new rules as being against privacy and leading to censorship, Financial Times reports.

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