Saharanpur Dalit-Thakur violence: Here’s why UP blocked WhatsApp, social media
The Government of Uttar Pradesh has removed Internet Services in Saharanpur affected by violence to silence rumors and false news on social networks and other sites of fuel-fueled caste clashes.
The western UP town was shaken by clashes between Dalit Thakur communities and for weeks, and local officials say anger is caused by rumors and messages on platforms like WhatsApp.
The instant messaging application has been on the news before. In 2013, police made messages to WhatsApp, responsible for inciting riots in Muzaffarnagar where 60 people and thousands of displaced people were killed.
Last week, a message conveyed by WhatsApp fears the villagers of Jharkhand, especially tribes unprepared to believe that their children could be targeted by bands of kidnappers. The result: seven people were lynched 24 hours into the rumors.
Why instant messaging application used by 160 million people – India is your biggest market – facing these charges? The answer lies in its design that makes controlling these messages almost impossible.
WhatsApp groups are known to have used thousands of people, especially in rural areas, where traditional media are non-existent.
Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, has faced numerous criticisms for not stopping the circulation of fake news. For its part, Facebook said it will try to introduce questionable information with the help of users and external auditors to address this problem.
But the instant messaging application poses similar challenges in a particularly insoluble way. WhatsApp offers a particularly private means of communication, which many others are interested. A case currently in India’s Supreme Court for protection of the same quality – while WhatsApp Facebook wants to allow access to its user data, a PIL argues that this measure would be a breach of privacy.
The same WhatsApp design factors that protect their users also make it difficult or impossible to study many aspects of communication on the platform. Although anecdotal evidence prevents WhatsApp is used to distribute false information, it is difficult to know exactly what is happening or what can be done in response.
Facebook vs. WhatsApp
The differences between WhatsApp and Facebook dictate the ways people share news on every platform. “Facebook is a social platform where people express their concerns, react and build perceptions based on individual messaging,” said Anoop Mishra, a digital marketing and social media consultant. “However, on WhatsApp, an end-to-end messaging platform, people share more personal and more closed content.”
This is because the primary means of exchanging information about instant messaging applications is individual, rather than one to many on Facebook, the first one feels more personal. This personal quality of most direct shared content or small groups through WhatsApp makes the implicit approval of people you know. Since application is now an important part of people’s lives on mobile devices, how it influences the consumption of information requires more attention. “Lack of control of moderation of content and privacy gives an advantage over WhatsApp Facebook to share all kinds of multimedia content,” says Mishra.
For example, to get the attention of your friends on Facebook, you need to tag them. All products on each friend do not appear on your news service; What you see is dictated by an algorithm. WhatsApp has a great advantage in this case as it functions as a text message. You know that your message will be received by everyone, where it was applied.
A black hole for content
There is no anecdotal way not to follow the distribution of the content in WhatsApp. Facebook, for example, supports analytical tools capable of determining that a particular information report has been shared 7,000 times, for example, or viewed 20,000 times.