Focused on Security, Privacy to Help Users Communicate: WhatsAppOctober 31, 2018 16:37
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An instant messaging application WhatsApp's Vice President Chris Daniels said the company is focused on values like security and privacy to guarantee that its product remains a utility that helps users communicate in everyday life.
The Facebook-owned company, which has been asked by the Indian authorities to put in place a mechanism to suppress fake messages on its platform, as well proclaimed its partnership with Invest India to help entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises expand their businesses.
"...we keep the company focused on four values - simplicity, quality, security and, privacy. Everything we do in the company focuses on those values and delivering that value to users and ensuring that our product remains a utility that they can use to communicate in everyday life," Daniels said here.
Among 1.3 billion WhatsApp user base, more than 200 million people are in India - the single largest market for the popular messaging platform.
The government has been urging WhatsApp to discover a technology solution to trace the origin of 'sinister' messages, a move that it believes can help restraint awful crimes like mob-lynching emanating from fake news.
WhatsApp, however, had rejected India's demand for a solution to track the origin of messages on its platform, saying building traceability will undermine end-to-end encryption and affect privacy protection for users.
Highlighting that people use its platform for all kinds of "sensitive conversations", the United States-based firm had said it is focusing on educating people about misinformation.
Speaking about the startup ecosystem in India, Daniels said companies like Ola, MakeMyTrip, Zomato, and Flipkart are making an immense impact on the Indian economy.
"We are extremely impressed by the entrepreneurial tradition in India as well as by companies that we see coming out...We believe in people, we believe in creativity, we believe in entrepreneurship," he said.
The partnership with Invest India will assist WhatsApp in driving awareness about its business tools in around 15 states impacting more than 60,000 businesses in the coming months through tools such as Startup India 'Yatra' programme and other in-person training events.
WhatsApp will put $250,000 as seed funding to the top 5 winners of the 'WhatsApp StartUp Challenge' and an additional $250,000 will be directed to a select few from the entrepreneurial community to promote their WhatsApp business number on Facebook and drive discovery of their businesses.
"India adds over 3 new startups a day, ranking it amongst the top startup nations in the world... Through this partnership with WhatsApp, we aim to support the innovative startups in India and to create solutions not only for India but the entire world," Deepak Bagla, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Invest India, said.
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said DIPP is working with the tax department and regulators to ease the rules and laws for startups to support budding entrepreneurs.
He added that easing processes and norms are the biggest agenda for the department so that it supports the growth of startups.