Soon after Whatsapp filed a lawsuit against the Indian government about a clause in the new IT rules that prescribe the traceability of WhatsApp messages, a fake news started spreading claiming that the government could read your WhatsApp messages.
WhatsApp uses two blue ticks to inform the sender that the recipient has read a particular message. The fake message claims that there will be a “third blue check mark” indicating that the government has taken note of your message.
The fake message also claims that the government can take action directly against you to send a WhatsApp message by displaying it with a “blue and two red ticks”. After all, it means that any WhatsApp message with “three red ticks” means that you have received a summons from the court. Readers are advised not to believe any such message they receive on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp does not get red or blue ticks and the government or other third party cannot read your messages because all WhatsApp messages are encrypted throughout.
A similar fake message was also circulated last year to scare WhatsApp users. If you come across a WhatsApp message that talks about red or blue ticks, you know that it is a fake and do not forward such messages.
Mischievous beings are simply trying to fight the ongoing dispute between the government and WhatsApp by spreading such fake news. If you receive such messages, you have the option of reporting them to WhatsApp.
To do this, open the chat> Tap the contact or group name to open their profile information.> Scroll down and tap Report Contact or Report Group.