PIB Debunks Fake Three Red Ticks WhatsApp Message

Popular message sharing application WhatsApp has become a news hub, like other social media platforms. However, a lot of fake messages have surfaced the instant message application, with the recent one being a viral message claiming that WhatsApp has enabled “Three Red Ticks” to allow the Government to track messages sent by users take action against them.

This viral message circulated in WhatsApp has now caught the attention of the Press Information Bureau (PIB). PIB is a nodal agency of the Government that disseminates information to the print, electronic and new media. The fake message stated that following to the readers:

  • Three blue ticks – Government has taken note
  • Two blue ticks &one red tick – Government can take action against the sender
  • One blue and two red ticks – Government is screening the sender’s data
  • Three red ticks – Government has initiated action, and the sender will be receiving a summon from the court

PIB debunked the fake news that was spread and made a clear statement on Twitter with a clarifying tweet, “#Fake News Alert! Messages circulating on Social Media reading ‘WhatsApp info regarding √ tick marks’ is #FAKE. #PIBFactCheck : No! The Government is doing no such thing. The message is #FAKE. Beware of rumours!”

WhatsApp has also taken measures to control the spread of fake news and misinformation during the state of a pandemic outbreak of coronavirus by limiting the frequency of forwarded messages to chats. We should also be aware of the fact that the messages shared on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, indicating that no third party can have access to read the content shared on WhatsApp.

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