Indian government creates new system to prevent fake texts and spam messages

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Harleen Kaur Grewal

New Delhi, March 23, 2021: To prevent the spread of fake messages and spam messages on WhatsApp, the Indian government is planning to introduce a new system. The Indian government has asked WhatsApp to introduce an alpha-numeric hash assigning system for every message. Spam messages are most viral on WhatsApp, which is why the government is planning to protect people from misleading information spread through WhatsApp.

For a long time, government officials and WhatsApp officials have engaged in conversation to find out the origin of spam messages. But due to end-to-end encryption, the company owned by Facebook has not been able to take a decision on it. If every message is encrypted on WhatsApp, it will break the end-to-end encryption technology due to the attempt to trace the origin of the message. According to an ET Tech report, the Indian government has now come up with a second solution for this.

The Indian government is proposing to introduce a new system to WhatsApp through which the origin of the message can be detected without breaking the platform’s end-to-end encryption technology. This new system is named ‘alpha-numeric hash’. Under this system, the government has asked WhatsApp to generate a unique alpha-numeric hash number for every message sent on its platform. If WhatsApp implements this plan, every message sent on the platform will come with a code from A to Z with letters and numbers 0-9 to find out who sent the particular message, and hence, WhatsApp won’t have to break encryption technology either.