WhatsApp has announced measures to counter the spread of rumours and unverified information, including letting only group administrators decide which members can post and labelling forwarded messages to distinguish between the messages that have been forwarded from the ones that have been created by the sender.
The move is likely to be a deterrent to mass forwarding of messages.
The company is applying a more stringent limit on forwarding to users in India, where the spread of misleading messages over the past year has led to a nationwide spree of some 30 lynchings of people suspected to be kidnappers.
Users will now only be able to forward messages to 20 contacts at a time; people in India will be limited to forwarding messages to only five people at a time.
"When rumors and fake news get propagated by mischief mongers, the medium used for such propagation can not evade responsibility and accountability", the government wrote.
The Centre said that the problems have not been adequately addressed by WhatsApp.
The government on Thursday also asked WhatsApp to find the originators of provocative messages that led to several cases of mob violence across the country.
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"As we've added new features, we've been careful to try and keep that feeling of intimacy, which people say they love".
"We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we'll continue to improve our app with features like this one", the blog said.
It is also working with over half a dozen partners in India to design a digital literacy programme for educating users on spotting false news and staying safe on the popular messaging platform, which has come under fire for fake messages inciting mob lynching incidents.
The government warned WhatsApp on Thursday, in its second notice to the US-based messaging service in three weeks, that in the absence of adequate checks it will treat the messaging platform as an "abettor" of rumour propagation. Numerous mobs attacked people they thought were child kidnappers because of rumors that had spread on WhatsApp.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp in response to a call from India's technology ministry, said it required a partnership with the government as well as society in general to curb the spread of false information on its platform.
The Supreme Court too has asked Parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching, saying "horrendous acts of mobocracy" can not be allowed to become a new norm.