The Indian government wants WhatsApp to prioritize on curbing fake news on its platform, over the plans to launch its payments services in the country, according to a report by PTI. In a meeting held between IT secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney and top WhatsApp executives, including COO Matthew Idema, the company has been told that the fake news issue is far more important than other plans in the current circumstances, reports the PTI citing people privy to the discussion. Over the past few weeks, the Facebook-owned company was in the center of a major controversy in the country, as the circulation of fake news on its app led to a number of mob lynchings. This led to the company receiving a warning from MEITY to either act on fake news circulation or face legal action. WhatsApp issued a statement saying that it was working…
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