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WhatsApp to limit forwarding of messages by 200 million Indian users in effort to halt violent lynchings

WhatsApp to limit forwarding of messages by 200 million Indian users in effort to halt violent lynchingsWhatsApp announced limits on Friday on the forwarding of messages by its 200 million Indian users in an effort to stop a spate of horrific lynchings and to assuage government threats of legal action in its biggest market. More than 20 people have been butchered by crazed mobs in the past two months across India after being accused of child kidnapping and other crimes in viral messages circulated wildly on WhatsApp. Late on Thursday India's government, scrambling to find a response, threatened to take WhatsApp to court, saying the "medium" for spreading malicious rumours "cannot evade responsibility and accountability". "If (WhatsApp) remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action," the information technology ministry said. The Facebook-owned firm responded on Friday with an announcement it will test limiting the ability to forward messages and cap at five the number of contacts or groups that messages can be forwarded to. Indian WhatsApp lynchings | A timeline It addition, it said it will remove the "quick forward button" next to media messages, making sending on messages more cumbersome. "We believe that these changes - which we'll continue to evaluate - will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app," a statement said. Worldwide, the company will limit the number of forwards to 20 other groups, a spokesman said. Lynchings are nothing new in India, but the spread of smartphones - there are a billion plus handsets, and data is cheap - to even the most remote corners has enabled rumours to be shared at lightning speed. In India people forward on WhatsApp more messages, photos, and videos, than any other country in the world, the company says.


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XXXTentacion death: Four men charged over murder of Florida rapper

XXXTentacion death: Four men charged over murder of Florida rapperA grand jury indicted Dedrick Williams, 22, Michael Boatwright, 22, Trayvon Newsome, 20, and Robert Allen, 22 on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges, court records showed. XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot dead as he was leaving a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach last month. According to a warrant filed in Boatwright's case, the car driven by XXXTentacion was blocked by a dark-coloured SUV as it was exiting the Riva Motor Sports shop.


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'Treasure ship' stock bubble draws South Korea warning

'Treasure ship' stock bubble draws South Korea warningRumours of a treasure trove on a Russian ship that sank off South Korea a century ago have sent a company's shares on a rollercoaster ride, triggering a warning Friday from financial regulators. Start-up business Shinil Group announced earlier this week that it had found an imperial Russian navy vessel off Ulleung island in the Sea of Japan, saying it was believed to contain gold bullion and coins worth 150 trillion won ($130 billion). Others pointed out that Russia would have had no reason to load a vast treasure trove on a ship it was sending into battle, and doubly so as it had a land route to its destination Vladivostok anyway.


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Months after giant immigration raid, the wounds are still raw in one Tennessee town

Months after giant immigration raid, the wounds are still raw in one Tennessee townThings have not returned to normal for many in Morristown, Tenn., months after ICE raided a meatpacking plant, detaining 97 workers. After interviewing him inside an ICE detention center in Louisiana, Yahoo News revisits Luis Bautista-Martinez, 23, who has been released while his case makes its way through a backlogged immigration court system.


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WhatsApp curbs message forwarding in bid to deter India lynch mobs

WhatsApp curbs message forwarding in bid to deter India lynch mobsMUMBAI/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp is rolling out a global test measure to rein in messages forwarded by users, the messaging app said, after the spread of rumours led to several killings in India and sparked calls for action from authorities. Violence triggered by incendiary false messages in India, WhatsApp's biggest market with more than 200 million users, has spurred government demands to prevent circulation of false texts and provocative content and caused a public relations nightmare. False messages about child abductors on WhatsApp have led to mass beatings this year of more than a dozen people in India, some of whom have died.


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