In the email sent to WhatsApp’s CEO, Will Cathcart by the IT Ministry, the government pointed out that this policy has caused “grave concerns regarding the implications of the choice and autonomy of Indian Citizens, Therefore you’re called upon to withdraw the proposed changes.”
The ministry wrote, “Such a differential treatment is prejudicial to the interest of Indian users and is viewed with serious concern by the government.” Source: Tech Crunch
Indian makes the largest userbase of WhatsApp
India forms the largest userbase of total WhatsApp userbase globally comprising 340 million active users as per 2020 statistics.
On January 19, India’s IT and Law Minister tweeted, “Be it WhatsApp, Facebook or any other digital platform they are free to do business in India but it should be done in a manner without impinging upon the rights of Indians who operate it. The sanctity of personal communications needs to be maintained.”
➡️ Be it WhatsApp, Facebook or any other digital platform they are free to do business in India but it should be done in a manner without impinging upon the rights of Indians who operate it. The sanctity of personal communications needs to be maintained: @rsprasad at #15IDS pic.twitter.com/p33qynU6Ur— RSPrasad Office (@OfficeOfRSP) January 19, 2021