It's a bad time for WhatsApp in India. Now, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has accused WhatsApp of allowing circulation of irresponsible and explosive messages. The ministry has issued a stern warning to the Facebook-owned messaging app to stop the spread of such messages by applying appropriate technology.\r\n\r\nAccording to reports, at least 31 people have been killed in the last year in 10 different Indian states by lynch mobs mobilised by rumours of child lifting that were spread over WhatsApp. Such incidents have been reported mostly from states such as Assam, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura, and West Bengal.\r\n\r\nCaught in controversy,\u00a0WhatsApp issued a statement in this regard. A WhatsApp spokesperson said:\u00a0\u201c The company cares deeply about people's safety and their ability to freely communicate. We don't want our services to be used for spreading harmful misinformation and believe this is a challenge that companies and societies should address."\r\n\r\nThe spokesperson added that the company\u00a0would boost its efforts to help curb false news.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe development comes at a time when WhatsApp is facing data security issues on account of the\u00a0Facebook-Cambridge Analytica fiasco. Also, it is stuck between different government agencies, awaiting the final approval for rolling out its payment service, WhatsApp Pay, in India.\r\nWarning To WhatsApp: What\u2019s The Problem?\r\nA statement released by the MeitY on Tuesday (July 3) revealed that\u00a0instances of lynching of innocent people\u00a0have been noticed in recent times and have been triggered by a\u00a0large number of irresponsible and explosive messages filled with rumours and provocation being circulated on WhatsApp.\r\n\r\nThe statement added that there have been repeated cases of violence, provoked by posts circulated on popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, where passers-by have been targeted for no fault of theirs.\r\n\r\nThe statement, as cited in an ET report,\u00a0said:\u00a0\u201cWhile the law and order machinery is taking steps to apprehend the culprits, the abuse of platform like WhatsApp for repeated circulation of such provocative content are equally a matter of deep concern. Deep disapproval of such developments has been conveyed to the senior management of the WhatsApp and they have been advised that necessary remedial measures should be taken to prevent the\u00a0proliferation of these fake and at times motivated\/sensational messages. It has also been directed that spread of such messages should be immediately contained through the application of appropriate technology.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe government letter further added that the messaging app cannot \u201cevade accountability and responsibility,\u00a0especially when good technological inventions are abused by some miscreants who resort to provocative messages which lead to spread of violence.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe ministry has demanded immediate action from WhatsApp\u00a0to stop such messages and to ensure that its platform will not be used for such malicious activities.