WhatsApp said child pornography has absolutely no place on the messaging platform and it takes measures against the spread of such content, including banning accounts, according to user reports. Finished child pornography as “vile”, WhatsApp said that it also responds to valid legal requests from the police to investigate such crimes.
“While we cannot see the messages that people share with each other, we can and do act on user reports, including banning the accounts,” the WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement adding that child pornography does not takes place on the messaging platform.
The comments came as the Supreme Court said Thursday that the Center and Internet giants, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, agreed that rape videos, child pornography and objectionable material should be “removed.”
A bank of judges Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit noted that intermediaries have “different reactions” to the suggestions previously given by the Center, which included the configuration of proactive monitoring tools for the automatic removal of illegal content through the deployment of tools based in artificial intelligence.
“In regards to the suggestions given by the Union of India as mentioned in the order of November 28, 2018, it seems that each of the different entities has a different reaction to them. Google and YouTube have a reaction. “Facebook, Microsoft and WhatsApp have different reactions,” the bank said in its order.
He said that each of these entities would give a proposal or draft standard operating procedure (SoP) in order to implement the suggestions given by the Center. “Everyone agrees that child pornography, rape and gang rape videos and objectionable material should be removed. The proposed draft / SoP will be written on this premise,” the bank said.
Last month, the Center suggested to the court that intermediaries should deploy reliable markers to identify and remove illegal content, and also establish a 24X7 mechanism to address the requirements of law enforcement agencies. He also suggested that there should be an early removal of requests from law enforcement agencies to remove illegal content.