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WhatsApp is Facing the Heat Waves from the Indonesian Government

WhatsApp as a service is under the scanner, reports put a spotlight on the content that leads to pornography

Social Media published date 8th November, 2017 Ariana Johnson

WhatsApp is Facing the Heat Waves

WhatsApp the messaging app giant is now under the scanner because of the latest controversy for showcasing lewd GIF images. Last Sunday has witnessed a lot of Indonesian users exchanging the information related to the pornographic content. WhatsApp reverted to the ignited controversy stating that it is in conversation with the government, and has requested them to get in touch with the third party GIF provider.

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Third party GIF provider is solely responsible for the content sensitivity monitoring.However, the Indonesian Consumer Foundation has blocked the access to these images. WhatsApp has strongly opposed the allegations on it and stated that this GIF image feature was provided by the third party platform. WhatsApp couldn’t monitor the GIF images due to its end-to-end encryption which is set to ensure that users and the individuals they are communicating with can only read the messages.

The Indonesian Consumer Foundation, YLKI is forcing the government officials to ban the access of GIF image and also take the strict action against the same. Report says that Indonesian Government is planning to block Facebook Inc owned WhatsApp the mobile messenger app giant within 48 hours in case they do not remove the offensive GIF images.

Whatsapp GIF

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WhatsApp the mobile messenger app has already gained huge popularity and a customer base in Indonesia, which happens to be a massive melting pot of Muslim communities. As per Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp, the message encryption has prevented this scandalous data which is called GIF undergoing the scanner. This animated graphic file is available on WhatsApp via third-party services.

Though, Indonesian internet is partially censored which has a ban on the websites providing criticism towards Islam, dating services, and sex education. Samuel Pangerapan, Director General at Indonesia’s communication and information ministry stated that the government has given WhatsApp only 48 hours to remove the offensive GIF data else they will block the application usage around the country. Tenor Inc. one of the third parties also stated that it was trying to realse the ‘fix.’ And is trying to resolve the issue. Giphy, a New York-based company also work hand in hand with WhatsApp provides the service to scan the offensive data.

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Indonesian government is showing much strict behavior as they are specifically concerned about the young population getting an exposure to the highly offensive data which is not tolerated in the country.

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Ariana Johnson

Ariana Johnson

Ariana Johnson is currently covering the mobile app trends and sharing her pinpoint views over the recent mobile app news for MobileAppDaily. Apart from her passion for technology she also has a thing for cats, she even owns a Persian cat named ‘Lilly’.

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