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The Ministry has also taken the same stand in the Delhi High Court, where this matter is sub-judice.
Taking up the issue of discriminatory treatment to Indian users vis-à-vis users in Europe, the Ministry has further stated that, “As you are doubtlessly aware, many Indian citizens depend on WhatsApp to communicate in everyday life. It is not just problematic, but also irresponsible, for WhatsApp to leverage this position to impose unfair terms and conditions on Indian users, particularly those that discriminate against Indian users vis-à-vis users in Europe.”
The government has given seven days time to WhatsApp to respond to its notice, and if no satisfactory response is received, necessary steps in consonance with law will be taken, the communication noted.