Why is WhatsApp suing India’s government? | Inside Story

A court battle is pitting Whatsapp against the world’s largest democracy.

India is the biggest market for the messaging service.

The government recently passed new rules forcing social media companies to identify the first person to send a message.

Whatsapp argues this goes against privacy rights in the constitution, adding it may have to stop encrypting messages.

So is free speech under threat?

And how much is the debate driven by politics?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Itika Sharma Punit – Quartz India

Catalina Goanta – Maastricht Law and Tech Lab

Karuna Nundy – Advocate to the Supreme Court of India

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