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It is highly recommended that you do not believe in such messages and definitely refrain from forwarding them to anyone as it is just going to further spread the misinformation.WhatsApp, on a certain level, has become a toxic platform. With the amount of fake news and messages spread on the messaging app increasing by the day, more and more users are falling victim to incorrect information.

This is the message:-

“What’s app will b off From 11.30pm to 6:00 am daily Declared by the central government. Message from Narendra Modi (PM) we have had an over usage of user names on WhatsApp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. DO NOT ignore my words or WhatsApp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 499.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Modi team. WhatsApp is going to cost you money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 50 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo will change colour. send this to 8 people to activate the new Whatsapp.

Saturday morning WhatsApp will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way, we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue and will remain free. (As discussed in the paper today. Whats app will cost 0.01€ per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise Whatsapp will activate billing. It’s TRUE …… U get blue TICKS”

Similarly, another message claims that WhatsApp has sold off its business and is now run by Mukesh Ambani. Yet again, it asks users to send the message to 10 users to ‘activate your new Whatsapp with Facebook services.

Here is the complete message:-

“Don’t ignore please read it carefully” Hello, I. Am VARUN PULYANI director of WhatsApp, this message is to inform all of our users that we have sold WhatsApp to Mukesh Ambani. Reliance for 19 billion $. WhatsApp is now controlled by Mukesh Ambani. If you have at least 10 contacts send this SMS and logo of your Whatsapp will change to a new icon with Facebook’s “f” within 24 hours. Forward this message to more than 10 people to activate your new WhatsApp with Facebook services or else your account will be deleted from new servers. This is not the first time that a fake message was being forwarded to people feeding them with wrong information. The consequences of these fake messages have also lead to major incidents including mob lynching and killings. Last year, it was reported that WhatsApp was responsible for 30 killings. These are purportedly through public lynchings on the basis of a single rumour of, “child kidnapping”.

About the Rumour:-

Such assertions are posited as incontrovertible facts that have framed a debate around the growing use of technology by the ignorant masses and the responsibilities of a technological platform.

Recently, WhatsApp announced that it will take legal action to avoid these fake message circulation. Starting 9 December 2019, WhatsApp will take legal action against entities or users forwarding bulk messages or sending messages to more than five messages or using WhatsApp for non-personal purposes. We must understand that we should not forward the fake news and messages without confirming it.

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