Kashmiri's Losing Whatsapp Accounts Due To Indian Lockdown

Kashmiri’s Losing Whatsapp Accounts Due To Indian Lockdown

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Jammu and Kashmir is still in a state of utter despair and had been cut off from the rest of the world for the past 4 months now. Ever Since the Interior Minister of India Amit Shah announced the abolition of the special status of the Indian state 

Due to this, WhatsApp users started reporting that a large number of Kashmiri’s are leaving whatsapp groups after four months of inactivity in the group chats. This seemed strange at first, but later it was found that it was due to WhatsApp’s policy regarding inactive users. Apparently, as per the WhatsApp policy, inactive accounts are deleted after a certain period of time.

The social chat application owned by Facebook, has a policy which states that WhatsApp accounts expire after 120 days of inactivity.

“To maintain security and limit data retention, WhatsApp accounts generally expire after 120 days of inactivity. When that happens, those accounts automatically exit their WhatsApp groups. People will need to be re-added to groups upon regaining access to the Internet and joining WhatsApp again.”

Kashmiri's Losing Whatsapp Accounts Due To Indian Lockdown

The messenger app has around 400 million active Indian users, which makes the app’s largest market in the world. WhatsApp groups dominate online conversations in India, and most Indians with access to a smartphone participate in at least a few. So when Kashmiri’s began disappearing/leaving in masses from groups, a lot of people noticed.

The Indian extremists are happy about this and are still defending the barbaric act by Indian Army which is absurd.

The government shut down mobile services and internet access in J&K from August 4, when it revoked the state’s special status.Landline phones were functioning till the end of August, and the government subsequently also resumed postpaid mobile services recently.

Before this , twitter sent legal notices to top level Pakistani officials over tweeting about the Kashmir issue.

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